testicle

noun
tes·​ti·​cle | \ˈte-sti-kəl \

Definition of testicle 

: testis especially : one of a higher mammal usually with its enclosing structures

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testicular \te-​ˈsti-​kyə-​lər \ adjective

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Surgeons worked fast to beat pain and gangrene (so fast that in one case, Scottish surgeon Robert Liston cut off a man’s testicles in a rush to amputate his leg). Laura Kolbe, WSJ, "‘Under the Knife’ Review: The Kindest Cuts," 14 Nov. 2018 Some causes of infertility in men include: Varicocele A varicocele is swelling of one or several of the veins that drain the testicle. Jennifer Gerson, Marie Claire, "Can Men Cause Fertility Issues?," 1 Oct. 2018 In most cases, surgery can be performed to either reverse these blockages or to retrieve sperm directly from the epididymis and testicles. Jennifer Gerson, Marie Claire, "Can Men Cause Fertility Issues?," 1 Oct. 2018 There’s also the question of why testicles plummet in the first place. New York Times, "The Evolutionary Origin of Descending Testicles," 29 June 2018 Because soft tissues like testicles preserve poorly in the fossil record, no physical evidence of ancestral testes remain, and the location of ancestral mammalian testes has remained elusive. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "The Earliest Mammals Kept Their Cool With Descended Testicles," 28 June 2018 The private club is named, tongue-firmly-placed-in-cheek, for what some believe is a delicacy: Bull testicles. Joe Drape, New York Times, "On an Arizona Road Trip, Miles of Family Firsts," 12 June 2018 Not all afrotherians exhibit testicondy — aardvarks, for instance, have descending testicles. New York Times, "The Evolutionary Origin of Descending Testicles," 29 June 2018 The donning of amulets fashioned from dismembered dead animals, like weasel testicles (in the Middle Ages) and mule uteri (in ancient Greece). Carolyn Todd, Allure, "The History and Evolution of Birth Control in America," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of testicle

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for testicle

Middle English testicule, from Latin testiculus, diminutive of testis

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testicle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of testicle

: one of two small organs that are located in a sack of skin (called the scrotum) in men and male animals and that produce sperm and male hormones

testicle

noun
tes·​ti·​cle | \ˈtes-ti-kəl \

Medical Definition of testicle 

: testis especially : one with its enclosing structures

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