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)

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Recent Examples on the Web India’s dairy industry keeps its cold chain for bull semen reliable and widely accessible through a steady supply of liquid nitrogen. Manavi Kapur, Quartz, "India’s bull semen industry could be used to fight Covid-19," 10 Dec. 2020 By 2005, Darryl Pinkins had exhausted his appeals, even though new and improved DNA tests continued to exclude him and Roosevelt Glenn from the semen stains. CBS News, "Guilty until Proven Innocent," 9 Dec. 2020 The show lasted six seasons, and a revival was cut short by public backlash to a stunt in which competing sets of identical twins drank donkey semen. Ben Smith, New York Times, "Jeff Zucker Helped Create Donald Trump. That Show May Be Ending.," 20 Sep. 2020 He was born through artificial insemination, the first time a zoo has ever successfully executed a pregnancy and birth using frozen semen, according to the National Zoo. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "The National Zoo's baby panda has a name, and it means 'little miracle'," 23 Nov. 2020 Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute reproductive scientists and Zoo veterinarians artificially inseminated Mei Xiang on March 22 using frozen semen collected from the Zoo's 23-year-old male Tian Tian. Tara Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Help Name the National Zoo’s New Panda Cub," 16 Nov. 2020 Law tells me some owners even like to be in the room when their dog’s semen is manually collected. Ashley Stimpson, Longreads, "Shades of Grey," 31 Oct. 2020 For 47 years, the case remained cold, with little evidence of who assaulted and murdered Loomis — until last year, when a DNA sample from a coffee cup matched semen found on Loomis’s boot. Jaclyn Peiser, Washington Post, "A coffee cup tied him to a 1972 murder. He killed himself hours before he was convicted, police say.," 10 Nov. 2020 The prostate, which is located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum, makes some of the fluid that is part of semen. Claire Gillespie,, "Al Roker Reveals Prostate Cancer Diagnosis on ‘Today’—Here’s What to Know About the Disease," 6 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of semen was in the 14th century

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20 Jan 2021

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“Semen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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


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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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