Definition of Sperm

1. Noun. The male reproductive cell; the male gamete. "A sperm is mostly a nucleus surrounded by little other cellular material"

Exact synonyms: Sperm Cell, Spermatozoan, Spermatozoon
Terms within: Flagellum, Acrosome
Group relationships: Come, Cum, Ejaculate, Seed, Semen, Seminal Fluid, Male Reproductive System
Generic synonyms: Gamete
Derivative terms: Spermatic, Spermous

Definition of Sperm

1. n. The male fecundating fluid; semen. See Semen.

2. n. Spermaceti.

Definition of Sperm

1. Noun. Semen; the generative substance of male animals. ¹

2. Noun. (cytology) The reproductive cell or gamete of the male; a spermatozoon. ¹

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Definition of Sperm

1. a male gamete [n -S] : SPERMIC [adj] - See also: gamete

Medical Definition of Sperm

1. A reproductive cell produced by the male of an animal species which, when united with an egg (of the same species), results in conception and the development of an embryo. (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sperm

spent force
spent forces

Literary usage of Sperm

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Chemical Technology and Analysis of Oils, Fats, and Waxes by Julius Lewkowitsch (1904)
"Arctic sperm oil is obtained chiefly from the bottlenose whale, ... Like the sperm whale, the bottlenose whale contains a quantity of oil in the cavity of ..."

2. Medical Lexicon: A Dictionary of Medical Science : Containing a Concise by Robley Dunglison (1848)
"Liquor, sperm. spermATIC PASSAGES or WAYS, Vix sperma- tica, are the canals concerned in the excretion of semen. spermATIC PLEXUSES of nerves, ..."

3. Genetic Studies on a Cavy Species Cross by John Adolph Detlefsen (1914)
"Twenty-two I wild males likewise showed sperm, but in greater numbers and ... The percentage showing sperm gradually increased, as would naturally follow, ..."

4. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences by California Academy of Sciences (1899)
"sperm-ducts with a thick muscular investment near the pore. spermathecae medium, narrow ... sperm-ducts not thicker at the pore. No setae ab in XVII. ..."

5. The Merchants' Magazine and Commercial Review by Isaac Smith Homans, William B. Dana (1849)
"Of the whole number of vessels at sea (558), about one-half are engaged chiefly in the sperm whale fishery, the other half making the right whale the main ..."

6. A Glossary of Botanic Terms, with Their Derivation and Accent by Benjamin Daydon Jackson (1905)
"... sperma'rium, Gibson's term for sperm'ary, employed by TJ Parker for a male ... а bag), the mother-cell of antheridia, especially of Mosses ; sperm' ..."

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