tes·​tis | \ ˈte-stəs How to pronounce testis (audio) \
plural testes\ ˈte-​ˌstēz How to pronounce testes (audio) \

Definition of testis

: a typically paired male reproductive gland that produces sperm and secretes testosterone and that in most mammals is contained within the scrotum at sexual maturity

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Chemical castration, which is very different from surgical castration or removal of the testes, serves to block the production of certain hormones, including testosterone. Laura Barcella, PEOPLE.com, "Child Sex Offenders Could Be ‘Chemically Castrated’ Under New Alabama Law," 5 June 2019 In Kimberly's case, leaving the testes intact would have allowed her body to self-regulate and age without synthetic hormones. Asher Fogle, Good Housekeeping, "Falling in Between: Inside the Lives of Intersex Women," 21 Oct. 2016 In men, these anti-sperm antibodies might develop after an infection in the prostate or an injury to the testes that that triggers an immune response. Jennifer Gerson, Marie Claire, "Can Men Cause Fertility Issues?," 1 Oct. 2018 Hernias are typical for kids with her intersex trait because their undescended testes push out. Asher Fogle, Good Housekeeping, "Falling in Between: Inside the Lives of Intersex Women," 21 Oct. 2016 Source of prostates and testes, muscles and machismo, chest hair, and according to some, even math skills. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Testosterone may protect men from autoimmune diseases," 2 Feb. 2018 His team interacts directly with farmers and breeders, from small-scale operations to major corporations, and maintains the NCGRP’s collection, which includes 800,000 samples—semen, embryos, ovaries, testes, blood—from 25,000 different animals. Sena Christian, Newsweek, "Breakfast in Post-Apocalypse America: Inside Colorado's Fort Knox of Food," 19 Nov. 2015 This also meant that testicondy evolved after afrotherians split from other placental mammals, about 100 million years ago, which suggests the common ancestor of all mammals did indeed lower their testes, Dr. Hiller said. New York Times, "The Evolutionary Origin of Descending Testicles," 29 June 2018 Within a matter of days, the new female will also begin to undergo some pretty stark physical transformations, growing rapidly in size as her testes recede back into her body. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Alternatives to Heterosexual Pairings, Brought to You By Non-Human Animals," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of testis

1650, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for testis

Latin, witness, testis

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tes·​tis | \ ˈte-stəs How to pronounce testis (audio) \
plural testes\ ˈte-​ˌstēz \

Kids Definition of testis

: a male reproductive gland that produces sperm


tes·​tis | \ ˈtes-təs How to pronounce testis (audio) \
plural testes\ ˈtes-​ˌtēz How to pronounce testes (audio) \

Medical Definition of testis

: a typically paired male reproductive gland that usually consists largely of seminiferous tubules from the epithelium of which spermatozoa develop, that contains androgen-secreting Leydig cells in the interstitial tissue, that corresponds to the ovary of the female and in craniate vertebrates develops from the genital ridges of the embryo, and that in most mammals descends into the scrotum before the attainment of sexual maturity and in many cases before birth

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