Definition of ovotestis in English:

ovotestis

Syllabification: o·vo·tes·tis
Pronunciation: /ˌōvōˈtestis
 
/

noun (plural ovotestes /-ˈtestēz/)

Zoology
  • An organ producing both ova and spermatozoa, as in some gastropod mollusks.
    More example sentences
    • Fish were scored as intersexes when at least one of the gonads was an ovotestis or when one ovary and one testis were observed simultaneously.
    • Ordinarily, these fish develop ovotestes, gonads that make both eggs and sperm.
    • When not gravid, eggs lining the ovotestes are readily seen through the carapace.

Origin

late 19th century: from ovum + testis.

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