undescended

adjective

un·​de·​scend·​ed ˌən-di-ˈsen-dəd How to pronounce undescended (audio)
: retained within the inguinal region rather than descending into the scrotum
an undescended testis

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Prior research has connected phthalates with reproductive problems, such as genital malformations and undescended testes in baby boys and lower sperm counts and testosterone levels in adult males. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 12 Oct. 2021 Amie took doctors’ advice and raised her first baby as a boy, agreeing to surgery to bring down undescended testicles. Washington Post, 10 June 2019 Hernias are typical for kids with her intersex trait because their undescended testes push out. Asher Fogle, Good Housekeeping, 21 Oct. 2016 She was born with androgen insensitivity syndrome, a condition that caused her to have external female anatomy and, internally, undescended testes instead of a uterus. Diane Stopyra, Marie Claire, 5 July 2017 Not only were their numbers dismal, but almost all of the male panthers showed signs of inbreeding depression, including undescended testicles, kinked tails and low sperm counts. Laura Poppick, Smithsonian, 27 Apr. 2017 Not only were their numbers dismal, but almost all of the male panthers showed signs of inbreeding depression, including undescended testicles, kinked tails and low sperm counts. Laura Poppick, Smithsonian, 27 Apr. 2017 She was born with androgen insensitivity syndrome, a condition that caused her to have external female anatomy and, internally, undescended testes instead of a uterus. Diane Stopyra, Marie Claire, 5 July 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1701, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of undescended was in 1701

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“Undescended.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undescended. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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Medical Definition

undescended

adjective
un·​de·​scend·​ed ˌən-di-ˈsen-dəd How to pronounce undescended (audio)
: retained within the iliac region rather than descending into the scrotum
an undescended testis
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