sper·​ma·​the·​ca | \ ˌspər-mə-ˈthē-kə How to pronounce spermatheca (audio) \
plural spermathecae\ ˌspər-​mə-​ˈthē-​ˌsē. -​ˌkē How to pronounce spermatheca (audio) \

Definition of spermatheca

: a sac for sperm storage in the female reproductive tract of various lower animals and especially insects

Examples of spermatheca in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unlike mammals, a female spider has a sac in its reproductive tract called the spermatheca that holds sperm and prevents it from meeting an egg. Megan Marples, CNN, 26 Apr. 2022

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First Known Use of spermatheca

1826, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spermatheca

New Latin

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1 May 2022

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“Spermatheca.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spermatheca. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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