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gonad Syllabification: go·nad
Pronunciation: /ˈɡōnad/

Definition of gonad in English:


Physiology & Zoology
1An organ that produces gametes; a testis or ovary.
Example sentences
  • It is known as a gonadotrophic hormone as it affects the gonads (testes and ovaries) in mammals.
  • Whether the gonads become ovaries or testes is determined by the chromosomes received from the parents at the time of conception.
  • To compensate, internal organs such as the gizzard, gonads, and intestine may shrink.
1.1 (gonads) vulgar slang A man’s testicles or genitals.
Example sentences
  • Talk about shooting yourself in the gonads.
  • I know how, more than most, his brain can be nullified by his gonads.
  • But, they should have the gonads to publicize their positions instead of hiding behind a voice vote.


Pronunciation: /ɡōˈnadl/
Example sentences
  • Females develop an extrusion of the gonadal papilla and a distended abdomen when gravid.
  • For example, gonadotropins that are produced by the hypothalamic-pituitary gland stimulate secretion of gonadal steroids.
  • Nutrition, exercise, gonadal steroids, and growth hormone and body composition all play a role in bone density.


Late 19th century: from modern Latin gonades, plural of gonas, from Greek gonē 'generation, seed'.

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