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spermatozoon

Pronunciation: /ˌspəːmətə(ʊ)ˈzəʊɒn/
/spəˌmatə(ʊ)ˈzəʊɒn/

noun (plural spermatozoa /ˌspəːmətə(ʊ)ˈzəʊə/ /spəˌmatə(ʊ)ˈzəʊə/)

Biology
The mature motile male sex cell of an animal, by which the ovum is fertilized, typically having a compact head and one or more long flagella for swimming.
Example sentences
  • Mutated DNA can only be passed to the next generation if it is present in a germ cell such as spermatozoa and ova, each of which contribute half of the DNA of the new organism.
  • The testes in your body are continuously producing hundreds of millions of reproductive cells called spermatozoa.
  • We rather think of the latter as a new form of life to whose nature both the ovum and the spermatozoon have made significant contributions.

Derivatives

spermatozoal

adjective
Example sentences
  • In this open study we investigated the correlation between seminal carnitine levels and spermatozoal function in infertile men.
  • Semen was collected by electro-ejaculation twice weekly and evaluated for spermatozoal motility, morphology, and concentration.
  • The samples ‘are representative of the spermatozoal fingerprint for the normal fertile man,’ the researchers conclude.

spermatozoan

adjective
Example sentences
  • The motility of the spermatozoan tail depends on the contractility of its protein fibrils, which resemble myosin threads.
  • In addition to this, all of the products were confirmed to enhance spermatozoan function, in vitro fertilization and early embryonic development.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Greek sperma, spermat- 'seed' + zōion 'animal'.

Words that rhyme with spermatozoon

anthozoan, bryozoan, Goan, hydrozoan, Minoan, protozoan, protozoon, rowan, Samoan

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