Definition of ovotestis in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌəʊvəʊˈtɛstɪs/

noun (plural ovotestes /ˌəʊvəʊˈtɛstiːz/)

An organ producing both ova and spermatozoa, especially in some gastropod molluscs.
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.


Late 19th century: from ovum + testis.

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