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noun, plural: zoospores

An asexual spore with a flagellum used for locomotion but lacking a true cell wall.


Examples of organisms producing zoospores are some algae, fungi and protozoans.

Word origin: zoo- (animal-like) + spore.

Related forms: zoosporous (adjective)

Synonym: swarm spore

Compare: aplanospore, ballistospore, statismospore, autospore