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seminiferous Syllabification: sem·i·nif·er·ous
Pronunciation: /ˌseməˈnif(ə)rəs/

Definition of seminiferous in English:


Producing or conveying semen.
Example sentences
  • The passage of sperm from the seminiferous tubules of the testis to the vas deferens takes about 12 days.
  • Following the postmeiotic phase, spermatozoa are released into the lumen of the seminiferous tubule of the testis and transported to the epididymis for storage.
  • The seminiferous tubules in the testes, which are the origin of the sperm cells, however, will be reduced in diameter and size.


Late 17th century: from Latin semen, semin- 'seed' + -ferous.

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