se·​men | \ˈsē-mən \

Definition of semen 

: a viscid whitish fluid of the male reproductive tract consisting of spermatozoa suspended in secretions of accessory glands (as of the prostate and Cowper's glands)

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Hepatitis B travels through infected blood, semen, or other bodily fluids. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Hepatitis outbreaks: 10 things to know about the liver disease," 15 June 2018 This wasn’t easy either; the semen is of poor quality, and there isn’t much of it — just 300 milliliters, or a little more than one cup. Deborah Netburn,, "How IVF might save northern white rhinos, the world's most endangered species," 4 July 2018 Prosecutors argued in court the semen in her underwear belonged to the boyfriend although his DNA was never tested. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "'Every district attorney’s nightmare': Two men exonerated in 1991 rape claim," 7 May 2018 Male pandas are incredibly potent: The semen of the giant panda contains 10 to 100 times more sperm than a human male. Lucy Cooke, WSJ, "The Un-Cuddly Truth About Pandas," 6 Apr. 2018 Even if poop could go farther up into your colon, semen is usually runny. Lindsey Lanquist, SELF, "We Asked Doctors to Answer All Your Questions About Anal Sex," 12 Mar. 2018 The jeans were still sent out for testing, which found no semen but did detect male DNA — a situation consistent, according to Marshall’s (unrebutted) DNA expert, with their having been washed. John H. Tucker, Daily Intelligencer, "Rape at Rosie’s," 26 June 2018 In 2014, Chen had asked doctors at the hospital to preserve her husband’s semen to give her the possibility of having their child. Fox News, "NYPD cop's widow says she believes in God after giving birth to 'miracle' baby 3 years after husband's death," 21 June 2018 Authorities sent it for testing and matched it to semen recovered at some of the Golden State Killer's crime scenes, the arrest warrant said. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "DNA that led to Golden State Killer suspect's arrest was collected from his car while he shopped," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of semen

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for semen

Middle English, from Latin, seed, semen; akin to Old High German sāmo seed, Latin serere to sow — more at sow

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English Language Learners Definition of semen

: the sticky, whitish liquid containing sperm that is produced by a male's sex organs


se·​men | \ˈsē-mən \

Medical Definition of semen 

: a viscid whitish fluid of the male reproductive tract consisting of spermatozoa suspended in secretions of accessory glands (as of the prostate and Cowper's glands)

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