Examples of sperm in a Sentence
The sperm fertilizes the egg.
Recent Examples of sperm from the Web
Its sperm and egg cells will thus bear two copies of the new gene, which radically increases the odds that its offspring will inherit it.
Past research has linked phthalates to health issues including hormone disruption and lower sperm count.
Hagedorn and collaborators from around the world are developing techniques to build a reef sperm bank of sorts by freezing the reproductive cells of corals, algae, and even the fish that populate reef ecosystems.
The process begins when a gene for a molecule with a potentially toxic function, like a protein-chopping enzyme, is accidentally duplicated, typically during the formation of egg cells and sperm.
These mutations happen as the father gets older and his sperm continues to reproduce, creating more opportunities for error in DNA replication.
And reproductive cells (sperm and egg) carry only half the complement of genetic material.
Garrett went diving with sperm whales in Dominica, while Dorothy learned to snorkel in Fiji and attended her first day of pre-school in Bali.
But this nonsensical spectacle — which features what look like dancing sperm cells — is also a funny and audacious metaphor: In the gene pool of ideas, some may well prove fertile.
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Origin and Etymology of sperm
Middle English, from Middle French esperme, sperme, from Late Latin spermat-, sperma, from Greek, literally, seed, from speirein to sow; probably akin to Armenian p'aratem I dispense
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of sperm-
: seed : germ : sperm spermatheca spermicide
Origin and Etymology of sperm-
Greek sperm-, spermo-, from sperma
SPERM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sperm for English Language Learners
: a cell that is produced by the male sexual organs and that combines with the female's egg in reproduction
: fluid that is produced by the male sexual organs which contains sperm cells
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