sem·​i·​nif·​er·​ous ˌse-mə-ˈni-f(ə-)rəs How to pronounce seminiferous (audio)
: producing or bearing seed or semen

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Germ cells of the seminiferous tubules still exhibited degenerative changes 6 months after removal of the sling. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 18 July 2014

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Word History


Latin semin-, semen seed + English -iferous

First Known Use

1692, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of seminiferous was in 1692

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“Seminiferous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition


sem·​i·​nif·​er·​ous ˌsem-ə-ˈnif-(ə-)rəs How to pronounce seminiferous (audio)
: producing or bearing seed or semen
the seminiferous epithelium of the testis
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