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 Ranford had spit on her breast and semen, along with a wadded up piece of cloth, inside of her. Amber Hunt,, "Backstory: 21 years after schoolchildren make grisly discovery, mother's slaying still unsolved," 23 June 2020 The disease can spread through saliva, mucus, and breathing, and has been found in semen and feces, the department noted. Caitlin Yilek, Washington Examiner, "'Make it a little kinky': New York City urges residents to get 'creative' with sex during coronavirus pandemic," 10 June 2020 Scientists have found the coronavirus in feces and in men's semen, even after the men have begun to recover from Covid-19. Jen Christensen, CNN, "Face masks make sex safer in the time of Covid-19, New York City Health Department advises," 10 June 2020 If a chimera like Long, with the DNA of another in his semen, were to commit a rape, for example, genetic testing would lead police astray. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "A human chimera shows why DNA evidence is questionable," 7 Dec. 2019 Examiners collect blood, semen, hair and urine samples. Sidney Fussell, Wired, "The Pandemic Creates New Challenges for Crisis Counselors," 28 Apr. 2020 Your doctor will most likely order a repeat of the semen analysis about a month later. Hallie Levine, New York Times, "Male Infertility: What to Know and How to Cope," 18 Apr. 2020 The semen for the cheetah cubs came from a male cheetah at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Texas. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "First cheetah cubs are born from IVF at National Zoo facility in Virginia," 24 Feb. 2020 But independent tests on the semen in 2013 revealed their value degraded. Kristin Lam, USA TODAY, "How much is dog sperm worth? $400K, court rules, after an esteemed Labrador's DNA was destroyed," 28 Jan. 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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6 Jul 2020

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“Semen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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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