sporo-, spor-, spori-, -sporium

(Greek: seed, seeding; a sowing; a crop; seedtime)

Protozoa that are nearly all parasitic and have no obvious means of locomotion.

Most of them pass through a complicated life-cycle involving alternation of sexual and asexual reproduction and the formation of spores.

Some, such as the malaria parasite, live in the blood of the host; others may infest the gut or the muscles. They are often transmitted by blood-sucking insects.

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A reference to a plant that disperses its seeds quickly.
Having the spores in thecae, or cases.
A fungous infection of the hair shaft.
A structure bearing zoosporangia (sporangium in which zoospores develop).
zoosporangium (s), zoosporangia (pl)
1. A receptacle containing zoospores (spores of some algae and fungi that are capable of independent movements).
2. A spore case in which zoospores are produced.
1. A spore of some algae and fungi that is capable of independent movement.
2. An asexual spore that can move about by means of cilia or flagella, produced by some algae and fungi.

Contextual examples: Spores produced by water-inhabiting organisms usually develop one or more hair-like cilia that enable them to swim. Such spores are called zoospores.

A large multinucleate spore formed by union with similar gametes, as in algae or fungi.