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

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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 The boy suffered noticeable cuts and bruises to his back, buttocks, legs, hands and scrotum. Michael Mccann,, "Making Sense of the NFL’s Controversial Decision to Not Suspend Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill," 19 July 2019 Located in a neighborhood called Menlo Park, the shop advertises itself as suitable to the kind of man who would drink beer out of a honey badger’s scrotum. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "Inside an All-White Town’s Divisive Experiment With Cryptocurrency," 6 June 2019 But for a whole different group of mammals, having no scrotum at all is the norm. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "The Earliest Mammals Kept Their Cool With Descended Testicles," 28 June 2018 That’s unusual: In most other mammals, testicles form during embryonic development near the kidneys and then descend, either to the lower abdomen or an external scrotum, by the time of a male’s birth. New York Times, "The Evolutionary Origin of Descending Testicles," 29 June 2018

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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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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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