acrosome

noun
ac·​ro·​some | \ ˈa-krə-ˌsōm How to pronounce acrosome (audio) \

Definition of acrosome

: an anterior prolongation of a spermatozoon that releases egg-penetrating enzymes

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Other Words from acrosome

acrosomal \ ˌa-​krə-​ˈsō-​məl How to pronounce acrosomal (audio) \ adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web Next, the acrosome, a vesicle inside the sperm cell’s head, fuses with the outer layer of the egg, igniting the release of enzymes that ease the route inside. Randi Hutter Epstein, New York Times, "Tinder for Sperm: Even in the Petri Dish, Looks and Athleticism Are Prized," 17 Apr. 2020 This study will also be the closest off-planet look at the acrosome, which develops inside the head and acts like an organ. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Why There Are Sperm Swimming Around at the Space Station," 16 July 2018

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First Known Use of acrosome

1899, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acrosome

borrowed from German Akrosoma, from akro- acro- + -soma -some entry 3

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The first known use of acrosome was in 1899

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“Acrosome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acrosome. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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acrosome

noun
ac·​ro·​some | \ ˈak-rə-ˌsōm How to pronounce acrosome (audio) \

Medical Definition of acrosome

: an anterior prolongation of a spermatozoon that releases egg-penetrating enzymes

Other Words from acrosome

acrosomal \ ˌak-​rə-​ˈsō-​məl How to pronounce acrosomal (audio) \ adjective

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