go·​nad | \ ˈgō-ˌnad How to pronounce gonad (audio) \

Definition of gonad

: a reproductive gland (such as an ovary or testis) that produces gametes

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gonadal \ gō-​ˈna-​dᵊl How to pronounce gonadal (audio) \ adjective

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After the spring, their male gonads age and drop off in a single molt and an ovary develops. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian, "Newborn Shrimp Often Undergo Sex Reversal, but Ocean Acidification Could Disturb That Natural Process," 28 June 2019 Credit where credit is due: Evolution has invented a galaxy of clever adaptations, from fish that swim up sea cucumber butts and eat their gonads, to parasites that mind-control their hosts in wildly complex ways. Matt Simon, WIRED, "An Itty-Bitty Robot That Lifts Off Like a Sci-Fi Spaceship," 4 July 2019 The hermaphrodite has 302 neurons, which connect to 132 muscles and 26 other spots, such as the gut, gonads and skin. Karen Weintraub, Scientific American, "Worm Wiring Diagram May Help Us Understand Our Own Nervous System," 3 July 2019 Adult men can choose to freeze their sperm before starting treatments that have the potential to damage their gonads. National Geographic, "First primate born using frozen testicle technique," 21 Mar. 2019 Early during an embryo’s development, the germ cells — which are basically the cellular grandparents or great grandparents of sperm — travel to the nascent gonads. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Transplanted testicles will always make the donor’s sperm," 26 Apr. 2018 At age 16, Hann had surgery to remove her gonads, the tissue that becomes ovaries or testicles. Asher Fogle, Good Housekeeping, "Falling in Between: Inside the Lives of Intersex Women," 21 Oct. 2016 Various hypotheses have been proposed, including the idea that dangling gonads are a way to signal virility and good health, but none are satisfactory. New York Times, "The Evolutionary Origin of Descending Testicles," 29 June 2018 The spiders’ gonads are in their legs — and so are their guts. James Gorman, New York Times, "Breathe Deep: How the Antarctic Sea Spider Gets Oxygen," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of gonad

1880, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gonad

New Latin gonad-, gonas, from Greek gonos

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The first known use of gonad was in 1880

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English Language Learners Definition of gonad

technical : a sex organ that produces sperm or eggs : a testicle or an ovary


go·​nad | \ ˈgō-ˌnad How to pronounce gonad (audio) \

Medical Definition of gonad

: a gamete-producing reproductive gland (as an ovary or testis)

Other Words from gonad

gonadal \ gō-​ˈnad-​ᵊl How to pronounce gonadal (audio) \ adjective

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