noun (plural spermathecae /-kē/)Zoology
(In a female or hermaphrodite invertebrate) a receptacle in which sperm is stored after mating.
- To ensure that we counted all sperm transferred, we assessed the number of sperm contained in both the inseminated spermatheca and the associated insemination ducts.
- After dissection, the spermathecae were stored separately in alcohol for later DNA-microsatellite analysis.
- We could ascribe unambiguously the content of each spermathecae to either of the two mates for only 12 females.
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