Definition of cremaster in English:


Syllabification: cre·mas·ter
Pronunciation: /kriˈmastər


  • 1 (also cremaster muscle) Anatomy The muscle of the spermatic cord, by which the testicle can be partially raised.
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    • Warm water relaxes the cremaster muscle and allows scrotal lengthening.
    • The Cremaster Cycle takes its name from the cremaster muscle, which controls testicular contractions and position in response to stimuli both from outside the body and within.
    • The cremaster muscle links the lowest part of the abdominal wall above the groin to these coverings of the testis, and can retract it upwards: this occurs reflexly when the inner thigh is stroked.
  • 2 Entomology The hooklike tip of a butterfly pupa, serving as an anchorage point.


late 17th century: from Greek kremastēr, from krema- 'hang'.

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