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

Examples of testicle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The infection can lead to inflammation of the testicles, brain, and spinal cord. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Anti-vax students say outbreak response violates civil rights—judge disagrees," 12 Dec. 2019 Chelsea's all-time leading goalscorer, a three-time Premier League champion and current Champions League manager, whose name means 'testicles' in Hokkien. SI.com, "Lost in Translation: 5 Player Names That Mean Something Totally Different in a Foreign Language," 8 Sep. 2019 Juan Carlos Caguaripano, a National Guard captain who led a failed assault on a military base in 2017, suffered testicle injuries during beatings in jail, according to his family and lawyers. Anatoly Kurmanaev, New York Times, "Venezuela’s Maduro Cracks Down on His Own Military in Bid to Retain Power," 13 Aug. 2019 Mark Latunski, accused of killing 25-year-old Kevin Bacon and eating his testicles, was found incompetent to stand trial Thursday. Bisma Parvez, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan man accused of murder, cannibalism found incompetent for trial," 27 Feb. 2020 LAS VEGAS - In the run-up to the 1976 presidential campaign, Sen. Frank Church of Idaho revealed that cancer had claimed his left testicle. Matt Viser, Anchorage Daily News, "In a historically old presidential field, candidates refuse to release health records," 24 Feb. 2020 During the search, officers questioned Latunski, who admitted to killing Bacon, hanging him by the ankles, removing his testicles and later eating them, court documents said. Washington Post, "Insanity defense being sought in slaying, mutilation case," 8 Jan. 2020 Or his recommendation that a man can boost his performance by suntanning his testicles. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Giants hire Gabe Kapler as their manager — it’s quite a gamble," 12 Nov. 2019 The attorney went into detail about some of the temple's controversial rituals, including a 2013 instance where Claus said Misicko rubbed his testicles on the grave of the mother of Fred Phelps, the former pastor for the Westboro Baptist Church. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "A church sent 15,207 emails to Scottsdale opposing Satanist invocation, trial reveals," 23 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of testicle was in the 15th century

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“Testicle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/testicle. Accessed 31 Mar. 2020.

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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


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Medical Definition of testicle

: testis especially : one with its enclosing structures

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