scro·​tum | \ ˈskrō-təm \
plural scrota\ ˈskrō-​tə \ 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 \ adjective

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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 Prior to birth, testes descend down through the abdomen and into the scrotum in a two-step process. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "The Earliest Mammals Kept Their Cool With Descended Testicles," 28 June 2018 The baby's stomach, feet, scrotum, back and legs were all bruised. Charles Rabin, miamiherald, "Dad's explanation for breaking baby's legs: I was trying to relieve him of gas," 7 June 2018 His diagnosis, just a day after he'd been released from Jefferson County Jail in Beaumont, Texas, was a bruised scrotum, police say. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "He tried to scam his local Walmart — then, a chase, a fence and a nasty groin injury, Texas cops say | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 19 May 2018 The Hopkins patient also received the scrotum and part of the abdominal wall from a deceased donor. Marie Mccullough,, "Cooper surgeon helped with one of the world's first genital transplants," 8 May 2018 But the current case is the first to include transplantation of the scrotum and parts of the lower abdominal wall, according to Lee. Mark Lieber, CNN, "Doctors announce first successful penis and scrotum transplant," 24 Apr. 2018 The scrotum transplant did not include the donor's testicles, meaning reproduction won't be possible. Fox News, "Veteran who survived blast receives first complete penis transplant," 23 Apr. 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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The first known use of scrotum was in 1597

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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 \
plural scrota\ -​ə \ or scrotums

Medical Definition of scrotum

: the external sac that in most mammals contains the testes

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