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[goh-nad, gon-ad] /ˈgoʊ næd, ˈgɒn æd/
noun, Anatomy.
a sex gland in which gametes are produced; an ovary or testis.
Origin of gonad
1875-80; < New Latin gonad- (stem of gonas), equivalent to gon- gon- + -ad- -ad1
Related forms
gonadal, gonadial
[goh-ney-dee-uh l] /goʊˈneɪ di əl/ (Show IPA),
[goh-nad-ik] /goʊˈnæd ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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an animal organ in which gametes are produced, such as a testis or an ovary
(slang) a foolish or stupid person
Derived Forms
gonadal, gonadial (ɡɒˈneɪdɪəl), gonadic, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin gonas, from Greek gonos seed
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Word Origin and History for gonads



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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gonads in Medicine

gonad go·nad (gō'nād')
An organ that produces gametes, especially a testis or an ovary.

go·nad'al (gō-nād'l) or go·nad'ic adj.
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gonads in Science
An organ in animals that produces reproductive cells (gametes). The ovary and testis are gonads.
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gonads in Culture
gonads [(goh-nadz)]

The organs in animals that produce sex cells: ovaries in the female, testes in the male.

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