mon·​or·​chid | \ mä-ˈnȯr-kəd How to pronounce monorchid (audio) \

Definition of monorchid

: an individual who has only one testis or only one descended into the scrotum

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Other Words from monorchid

monorchid adjective
monorchidism \ mä-​ˈnȯr-​kə-​ˌdi-​zəm How to pronounce monorchid (audio) \ noun

Examples of monorchid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The longtime friends and business partners are also the duo behind downtown gathering spots The Dressing Room and Be Coffee in the monOrchid. Georgann Yara, azcentral, 20 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of monorchid

1857, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for monorchid

borrowed from the stem of New Latin monorchides, plural of monorchis "having one testicle, a person with such a condition," borrowed from Greek mónorchis "having one testicle," from mon- mon- + -orchis, adjective derivative of órchis "testicle" — more at orchis

Note: New Latin monorchides was apparently formed by erroneously taking the stem of Greek órchis as orchid-; cf. orchidaceous and orchid.

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“Monorchid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for monorchid


mon·​or·​chid | \ mä-ˈnȯr-kəd How to pronounce monorchid (audio) \

Medical Definition of monorchid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having only one testis or only one testis descended into the scrotum — compare cryptorchid



Medical Definition of monorchid (Entry 2 of 2)

: a monorchid individual


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