sperm

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noun \ˈspərm\

Definition of sperm

plural

sperm

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sperms

  1. 1a :  semenb :  a male gamete; especially :  spermatozoon 1

  2. 2 :  a product of the sperm whale

Examples of sperm in a sentence

  1. The sperm fertilizes the egg.

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 century


sperm-

combining form

Definition of sperm-

  1. :  seed :  germ :  sperm <spermatheca> <spermicide>

Variants of sperm-

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spermo-

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sperma-

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spermi-

Origin and Etymology of sperm-

Greek sperm-, spermo-, from sperma



SPERM Defined for English Language Learners

sperm

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noun \ˈspərm\

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


SPERM Defined for Kids

sperm

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noun \ˈspərm\

Definition of sperm for Students


Medical Dictionary

sperm

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noun \ˈspərm\

Medical Definition of sperm

plural

sperm

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sperms

  1. 1:  the male impregnating fluid :  semen

  2. 2:  a male gamete; especially :  spermatozoon


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