sperm cell

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Recent Examples on the Web Each sperm cell moved like a spinning top, rotating around its own axis, and also around a middle axis. Courtney Sexton, Smithsonian Magazine, "Researchers Discover How Human Sperm Really Swim," 31 July 2020 To get an accurate picture of how a sperm cell moves, Gadêlha and his team vertically suspended sperm in a solution. Courtney Sexton, Smithsonian Magazine, "Researchers Discover How Human Sperm Really Swim," 31 July 2020 With newer fertilization methods like intracytoplasmic sperm injection, doctors can extract a single sperm cell and inject it directly into an egg, overcoming low sperm counts or motility (swimming ability) and obviating the need for donor sperm. Caitlin Harrington, Wired, "There's No Such Thing as Family Secrets in the Age of 23andMe," 30 July 2020 Some research has suggested that olfactory or hormone receptors in sperm cells may act like a GPS, guiding sperm toward the egg. Randi Hutter Epstein, New York Times, "Tinder for Sperm: Even in the Petri Dish, Looks and Athleticism Are Prized," 17 Apr. 2020 The boys were at the age when their sperm cells — the vessels that would transmit their genetic material — were forming. Judith Finlayson, chicagotribune.com, "Men’s lifestyles can affect babies’ health," 27 Nov. 2019 But a donor’s blood cells should not be able to create new sperm cells, Dr. Rezvani said. Heather Murphy, New York Times, "When a DNA Test Says You’re a Younger Man, Who Lives 5,000 Miles Away," 7 Dec. 2019 The studies showed that overindulgence in food or exposure to toxins at this key developmental stage left a biological memory on sperm cells that could be passed on to future generations. Judith Finlayson, chicagotribune.com, "Men’s lifestyles can affect babies’ health," 27 Nov. 2019 The egg and sperm cells cultivate the most interest, and the goal is to create and unite them. Ashley Braun, Longreads, "Research and Rescue: Saving Species from Ourselves," 24 Oct. 2019

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1851, in the meaning defined above

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“Sperm cell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sperm%20cell. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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sperm cell

noun

Kids Definition of sperm cell

: a male reproductive cell of animals and plants that can unite with an egg cell to form a new individual cell

sperm cell

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