testicle

noun
tes·​ti·​cle | \ ˈte-sti-kəl How to pronounce testicle (audio) \

Definition of testicle

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

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Other Words from testicle

testicular \ te-​ˈsti-​kyə-​lər How to pronounce testicular (audio) \ adjective

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One man suffered having his testicles pierced with sewing needles while being interrogated about the whereabouts of opposition leader Riek Machar, said the Amnesty report. Sam Mednick, The Seattle Times, "South Sudan accused of killings, torture, squalor in jails," 4 Sep. 2018 In his travels, Bourdain has eaten everything from rotten shark to sheep testicles. CBS News, "Anthony Bourdain, celebrity chef and CNN host, dead in apparent suicide at 61," 8 June 2018 Lacking the donor’s testicles, the patient will not be able to reproduce. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "Injured War Veteran Receives World's First Penis and Scrotum Transplant: 'Finally I'm Okay Now'," 24 Apr. 2018 The Johns Hopkins team decided not to transplant the donor’s testicles because such a transplant could allow genetic material to be passed on from the donor. Alexandra Sifferlin, Time, "Doctors Performed the First Full Penis and Scrotum Transplant on an American Military Vet," 23 Apr. 2018 According to classical mythology, after Uranus (the Father of the Sky) was castrated by his son, Cronus (more commonly known as Saturn), Uranus’s testicles were thrust into the ocean. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What the Position of Venus in Your Birth Chart Means for You," 31 July 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce testicle (audio) \

Medical Definition of testicle

: testis especially : one with its enclosing structures

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