sperm

noun
\ ˈspərm How to pronounce sperm (audio) \
plural sperm or sperms

Definition of sperm

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : semen
b : a male gamete especially : spermatozoon sense 1
2 : a product of the sperm whale
variants: or spermo- or sperma- or spermi-

Definition of sperm- (Entry 2 of 2)

: seed : germ : sperm spermatheca spermicide

Examples of sperm in a Sentence

Noun

The sperm fertilizes the egg.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Investigators found semen and sperm on massage tables, towels, blankets, doors, and walls, the records showed. Jeremy C. Fox, BostonGlobe.com, "Quincy woman sentenced to 5 years for sex trafficking," 4 Sep. 2019 Once the doctor cuts the vas deferens, sperm is unable to leave the testicles and is absorbed back into the body. Dara T. Mathis, SELF, "We Need to Stop Acting Like Vasectomies Are Heroic," 29 Aug. 2019 DIGITAL HEALTH Scientists are trying to use CRISPR to alter human sperm. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Obamacare Plans Are Turning a Profit: Brainstorm Health," 22 Aug. 2019 The only harm the court was willing to entertain damages for was the anxiety associated with not knowing what had become of Mr. Andrews’ sperm. Dov Fox, WIRED, "What Happens When Reproductive Tech Like IVF Goes Awry?," 17 July 2019 There are plenty of causes of problematic sperm production. Mari A. Schaefer, Philly.com, "Study: Nutrition in nuts may help boost sperm count," 10 July 2018 This tube carries sperm out the tip of the arm and into the female. Tik Root, Time, "Inside the Race to Build the World's First Commercial Octopus Farm," 21 Aug. 2019 The Cartellones say in documents filed Wednesday in a Hamilton County court that in 1994, Jennifer Cartellone underwent in vitro fertilization but the sperm came from someone else, not her husband. Steve Almasy And Rebekah Riess, CNN, "Decades ago an Ohio couple used IVF to have a baby, but a new DNA test showed another man is the girl's father," 9 Aug. 2019 The Cartellone family is suing Cincinnati's Institute of Reproductive Health, alleging that a stranger's sperm was used. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Distraught parents want to corral 'Wild West' IVF field after 3 'mix-ups' in 2 months," 9 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of sperm

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for sperm

Noun

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

Combining form

Greek sperm-, spermo-, from sperma

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sperm

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sperm

biology
: 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

sperm

noun
\ ˈspərm How to pronounce sperm (audio) \

Kids Definition of sperm

sperm

noun
\ ˈspərm How to pronounce sperm (audio) \
plural sperm or sperms

Medical Definition of sperm

1 : the male impregnating fluid : semen
2 : a male gamete especially : spermatozoon

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