semen

noun

se·​men ˈsē-mən How to pronounce semen (audio)
: 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 This can be done by a semen analysis two to four months after a vasectomy. Jamin Brahmbhatt, Verywell Health, 11 July 2024 If a couple is having trouble conceiving, a semen analysis can help determine if the male's sperm is playing a factor. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, 2 May 2024 Amal Jos Chacko 16 days ago 0 Science Scientists find microplastics in every human semen, sperm motility at risk Raman microspectroscopy was used to identify, quantify, and categorize microplastic polymers. Interesting Engineering, 23 June 2024 This blockage keeps sperm from getting to the semen. Claire Gillespie, Health, 19 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for semen 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Semen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/semen. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

semen

noun
se·​men ˈsē-mən How to pronounce semen (audio)
: a sticky whitish fluid of the male reproductive tract that contains the sperm

Medical Definition

semen

noun
se·​men ˈsē-mən How to pronounce semen (audio)
: 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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