scro·​tum | \ ˈskrō-təm How to pronounce scrotum (audio) \
plural scrota\ ˈskrō-​tə How to pronounce scrota (audio) \ or scrotums

Definition of scrotum

: the external pouch that in most mammals contains the testes

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Other Words from scrotum

scrotal \ ˈskrō-​tᵊl How to pronounce scrotal (audio) \ adjective

Examples of scrotum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As one man douses its genitals with grain alcohol, another unfolds a Swiss Army knife, yanks the scrotum taut, and excises the testes in two quick cuts. Max Falkowitz, Saveur, "Meet the Farmer Shaking Up the Guatemalan Cardamom Trade," 28 Nov. 2018 Pavlensky, known for performances that included nailing his scrotum to Moscow’s Red Square in 2013, has been based in France since obtaining asylum. Ania Nussbaum,, "Macron Picks Candidate for Paris Mayor After Sex Video Shock," 7 May 2020 Complicating this is the fact that the scrotum hangs. Robert Lurvey, Wired, "That Weird Pain in Your Nuts and the Limits of Telemedicine," 8 Apr. 2020 Video doesn’t help; even in a clinical realm, a man gesticulating over his scrotum on a webcam is of limited informational value. Robert Lurvey, Wired, "That Weird Pain in Your Nuts and the Limits of Telemedicine," 8 Apr. 2020 During a vasectomy, doctors cut or block the vas deferens, one of two tubes in the scrotum that carries sperm from the testes to the urethra, in two places. Dara T. Mathis, SELF, "We Need to Stop Acting Like Vasectomies Are Heroic," 29 Aug. 2019 One person was hospitalized with injuries to his leg and scrotum. Fox News, "Firecracker 'prank gone bad' leaves 2 Detroit city employees who tried to use toilet injured," 11 July 2019 British Columbia’s human rights tribunal is considering several complaints by someone who identifies as a woman against female beauticians who refused to wax her scrotum. The Economist, "Social liberalismCulture wars, Canadian-style," 25 July 2019 According to the paper, unlike the other two species, the ear tufts of the large squirrel are bicolored and the scrotum of males is dark brown, contrasting with its white belly. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "New Species of Giant Flying Squirrel Discovered in China," 22 July 2019

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First Known Use of scrotum

1597, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scrotum

Latin; akin to Latin scrautum quiver

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The first known use of scrotum was in 1597

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“Scrotum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of scrotum

: the sack of skin that contains the testicles of men and male animals


scro·​tum | \ ˈskrōt-əm How to pronounce scrotum (audio) \
plural scrota\ -​ə How to pronounce scrota (audio) \ or scrotums

Medical Definition of scrotum

: the external sac that in most mammals contains the testes

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