sperm

noun \ ˈspərm \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of sperm

plural sperm or sperms
1 a :semen
b :a male gamete; especially :spermatozoon 1
2 :a product of the sperm whale

Examples of sperm in a Sentence

  1. The sperm fertilizes the egg.

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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


sperm-

combining form
variants: or spermo- or sperma- or spermi-

Definition of sperm-

:seed :germ :sperm
  • spermatheca
  • spermicide

Origin and Etymology of sperm-

Greek sperm-, spermo-, from sperma



SPERM Defined for English Language Learners

sperm

noun

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

noun \ ˈspərm \

Definition of sperm for Students


Medical Dictionary

sperm

noun \ ˈspərm \

medical Definition of sperm

plural sperm or sperms
1 :the male impregnating fluid :semen
2 :a male gamete; especially :spermatozoon


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