cryptorchid

noun

crypt·​or·​chid krip-ˈtȯr-kəd How to pronounce cryptorchid (audio)
: one affected with cryptorchidism
cryptorchid adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Neuter procedures will not be performed on cryptorchid dogs – a condition in which one or both testicles have fail to descend. Erika I. Ritchie, Orange County Register, 14 Feb. 2017

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from the stem of New Latin cryptorchides, plural of cryptorchis (attested later) "having undescended testicles, a person with such a condition," from crypt- crypt- + -orchis, in monorchis monorchid

Note: As with monorchid, the stem of Greek órchis "testicle" was erroneously taken to be orchid-; cf. Greek krýpsorchis "undescended testicles," used by galen.

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cryptorchid was in 1857

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Cite this Entry

“Cryptorchid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cryptorchid. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition

cryptorchid

1 of 2 adjective
crypt·​or·​chid krip-ˈtȯr-kəd How to pronounce cryptorchid (audio)
: affected with cryptorchidism compare monorchid

cryptorchid

2 of 2 noun
: a cryptorchid individual
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