spermatophore

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noun sper·mato·phore \(ˌ)spər-ˈma-tə-ˌfȯr\

Definition of spermatophore

  1. :  a capsule, packet, or mass enclosing spermatozoa that is extruded by the male of various lower animals (such as insects) and is transferred to the reproductive tract of the female

Origin and Etymology of spermatophore

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: circa 1849


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