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[krip-tawr-ki-diz-uh m]
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noun Pathology.
  1. failure of one or both testes to descend into the scrotum.
Also cryp·tor·chism [krip-tawr-kiz-uh m] /krɪpˈtɔr kɪz əm/.

Origin of cryptorchidism

1880–85; < New Latin cryptorchidismus, equivalent to crypt- crypto- + orchid- (< Greek orchid-; see orchid) + -ismus -ism
Related formscryp·tor·chid, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cryptorchid


  1. an animal or human in which the testes fail to descend into the scrotum
  1. denoting or relating to such an individual
Derived Formscryptorchidism, noun

Word Origin

from crypto- + orchid, from Greek orkhis testicle
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