se·​men | \ ˈsē-mən How to pronounce semen (audio) \

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)

Examples of semen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The cops discover a pair of underwear with Ani’s blood and Bryce’s semen in Bryce’s room. Kaitlin Reilly,, "R29 Binge Club: 13 Reasons Why Season 3 Recap," 24 Aug. 2019 Something About Mary in which Cameron Diaz’s character accidentally mistook semen for hair gel. Jason Linkins, The New Republic, "The Beltway Book of the Damned," 19 Aug. 2019 On November 25, police found their van abandoned in a parking lot in nearby Bellingham, and inside was a pair of her pants that had semen stains on them. Eric Levenson, CNN, "This cold case will be the first to test genetic genealogy in court," 12 June 2019 She was artificially inseminated in March with semen from Tian Tian. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "Giant panda Bei Bei turns 4 this week, but his days in Washington are numbered," 21 Aug. 2019 Victoria was artificially inseminated on March 22 of last year with semen from southern white rhino father Maoto. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Birth at Safari Park marks milestone in saving nearly extinct rhino," 29 July 2019 Investigators found semen and sperm on massage tables, towels, blankets, doors, and walls, the records showed. Jeremy C. Fox,, "Quincy woman sentenced to 5 years for sex trafficking," 4 Sep. 2019 None of Buri’s semen was ever exported, according to Acceligen. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Brazil's Plans for Gene-Edited Cows Got Scrapped—Here's Why," 26 Aug. 2019 This way, a single dose of bull semen could be used to impregnate a whole lot of heifers. Maureen O’hagan, Quartz, "The way we breed cows is setting them up for extinction," 24 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce semen (audio) \

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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