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sperm

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Pronunciation: /spəːm
 
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Definition of sperm in English:

noun (plural same or sperms)

1 [mass noun] Semen.
Example sentences
  • If there is a problem with the male partner sperm, then sperm from an anonymous donor may be used.
  • Males taking thalidomide should not donate sperm or blood.
  • It's those bad boys swinging away down low that produce the two things - testosterone and sperm - that determine what kind of man you are.
1.1 [count noun] A spermatozoon.
Example sentences
  • Hennig is now doing research into how DNA works in the cell after connection of sperms and eggs.
  • Fertility scientists like Trounson say it is only a matter of time before the technique is also used to develop sperm and eggs cells, making infertility a thing of the past.
  • In the sex cells, the sperms and eggs, chromosomes come in singles.
2 short for sperm whale.
Example sentences
  • They claim that after 15 years, many species of whale, particularly the minke and the sperm, have recovered sufficiently so that as many as a couple of thousand a year can be sustainably harvested.
2.1 [mass noun] short for spermaceti or sperm oil.

Origin

late Middle English: via late Latin from Greek sperma 'seed', from speirein 'to sow'.

Words that rhyme with sperm

affirm, berm, confirm, firm, germ, herm, midterm, perm, squirm, term, therm, worm

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