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

Definition of scrotum

: the external pouch that in most mammals contains the testes

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

Examples of scrotum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The cause could also be a varicocele, an enlargement of the veins within the scrotum, which can sometimes be corrected with a relatively simple surgery called a varicocelectomy. Chloe Melas, CNN, 13 July 2021 With all due respect to Osmosis Jones, few filmographies have aged worse than the Farrelly brothers’, to whom the pinnacle of comedy is located at roughly the same height as some schmuck’s scrotum stuck in a zipper. Elle Carroll, Vulture, 20 May 2021 After being stranded in the Detroit River, after run-ins with coyotes and suffering frostbite on his paw pads and scrotum, a dog's harrowing survival story has a happy ending. Slone Terranella, Detroit Free Press, 27 Mar. 2021 Alfonso had run-ins with coyotes and falls into the Detroit River during his excursion, causing frostbite on his paw pads and scrotum, dehydration and pancreatitis. Nour Rahal, Detroit Free Press, 22 Feb. 2021 How ever did your drooping-scrotum cadences, your mushy syntax, get that multitude so wired? James Parker, The Atlantic, 20 Jan. 2021 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, 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,, 7 May 2020 Complicating this is the fact that the scrotum hangs. Robert Lurvey, Wired, 8 Apr. 2020

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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 18 Oct. 2021.

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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 scrotum (audio) \ or scrotums

Medical Definition of scrotum

: the external sac that in most mammals contains the testes

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