scro·​tum ˈskrō-təm How to pronounce scrotum (audio)
plural scrota ˈskrō-tə How to pronounce scrotum (audio) or scrotums
: the external pouch that in most mammals contains the testes
scrotal adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This was a result of the friction between the scrotum and the polyester sling. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 18 July 2014 Left untreated, Mgen can cause scrotum pain and swelling for men and damage the fallopian tubes in women, causing vaginal bleeding and infertility. Troy Farah, Discover Magazine, 5 Sep. 2019 The necromancer would tuck a coin into the scrotum before putting on the necropants, thus ensuring prosperity as long as they were worn. Katie Rife, Vulture, 22 Apr. 2022 Participants were asked to sit with a laptop on their knees while the research team monitored the temperature of their scrotum (both the left and right sides). Jennifer Welsh, Discover Magazine, 8 Nov. 2010 Prosecutors established in opening statements that Weinstein has abnormal genitalia due to a 1999 surgery in which his testicles were removed from his scrotum and relocated to his inner thighs, Variety reported. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, 20 Dec. 2022 At one point, his scrotum had become gangrenous, causing his testicles to be relocated to his inner thighs. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, 7 Dec. 2022 The scrotum is exceptionally sensitive skin and needs to be treated very gently in all regards. Sarah Fielding, Men's Health, 6 Dec. 2022 During the trial, prosecutors revealed to the jury that Weinstein underwent surgery in 1999 for Fournier’s Gangrene, which required doctors to remove some of his scrotum. Elizabeth Wagmeister, Variety, 2 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


Latin; akin to Latin scrautum quiver

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of scrotum was in 1597

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“Scrotum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

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scro·​tum ˈskrōt-əm How to pronounce scrotum (audio)
plural scrota ˈskrōt-ə How to pronounce scrotum (audio) or scrotums
: the pouch on the outside of the body that in most male mammals contains the testes

Medical Definition


scro·​tum ˈskrōt-əm How to pronounce scrotum (audio)
plural scrota -ə How to pronounce scrotum (audio) or scrotums
: the external sac that in most mammals contains the testes

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