- a sex gland in which gametes are produced; an ovary or testis.
Origin of gonad
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In some forms the kidney is closely associated with the gonad, and seems to coperate with the latter in the generative functions.The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide
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The gonad is the part most affected; so much so that most authors have interpreted it as testis.The Organism as a Whole
In Arca, in Anomiidae and in Pectinidae the gonad opens into the external part of the renal tube.
This fact led Cuvier erroneously to the belief that a duct existed leading from the gonad to this papilla.
The essential reproductive organ or gonad consists of both ovarian and testicular cells (see fig. 42).
- an animal organ in which gametes are produced, such as a testis or an ovary
- slang a foolish or stupid person
C19: from New Latin gonas, from Greek gonos seed
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Word Origin and History for gonad
1880, from Modern Latin gonas (plural gonades), coined from Greek gone, gonos "seed, act of generation, race, family," from gignesthai "be born," related to genos "race, birth, descent" (see genus). Related: gonads.
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- An organ that produces gametes, especially a testis or an ovary.
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- An organ in animals that produces reproductive cells (gametes). The ovary and testis are gonads.
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