The definition of a sporophyte is a mature phase in the life cycle of plants and some algae that produce spores.
An example of sporophyte is a mature fern plant.
in certain plants and algae, the spore-bearing generation that is diploid and reproduces by spores: the sporophyte generation begins with the fertilized egg and ends with meiosis
distinguished from gametophyte
Origin of sporophytesporo- + -phyte
The diploid spore-producing phase in the life cycle of a plant that exhibits alternation of generations. It is the dominant stage in vascular plants.
sporo- +"Ž -phyte.