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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The urethra: This is the tunnel through which urine and semen travel. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "11 Things Everyone Should Know About Uncircumcised Penises," 29 Dec. 2018 And, crucially, is treating a poop stain different than a semen stain? Gigi Engle, SELF, "7 Tips for Cleaning Up After Sex Gets Messy," 12 Dec. 2018 Prosecutors last year dropped charges against the two after semen on the victim’s clothes matched a serial rapist. Phil Rosenthal,, "ESPN profiles Nevest Coleman, White Sox groundskeeper imprisoned 23 years despite innocence," 17 May 2018 Uranus’s genitalia, along with his blood and semen, formed a thick, dense, mist from which Venus (or Aphrodite) emerged. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What the Position of Venus in Your Birth Chart Means for You," 31 July 2018 If that’s the case, semen touching anywhere on your body would produce a similar burning and itching feeling. Iman Hariri-kia, Teen Vogue, "Teens' Biggest Sex Questions Answered By Their Peers," 13 Nov. 2018 Swabs of the attacker’s semen left on Smith was also taken and saved. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Nevada inmate linked to 1984 hammer killing cold cases in Colorado," 12 Aug. 2018 Each ranch will get 40 percent of the semen rights, while the Schaffs will retain 20 percent ownership interest. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "Ranchers pay record $800,000 for ‘landmark’ Angus bull | The Kansas City Star," 17 Feb. 2018 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

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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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