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[sem-uh-nif-er-uh s]
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  1. Anatomy. conveying or containing semen.
  2. Botany. bearing or producing seed.

Origin of seminiferous

1685–95; < Latin sēmin- (stem of sēmen) seed, semen + -i- + -ferous
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Historical Examples

  • Its tubules unite with the seminiferous tubules, and also form the epididymis.

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British Dictionary definitions for seminiferous


  1. containing, conveying, or producing sementhe seminiferous tubules of the testes
  2. (of plants) bearing or producing seeds

Word Origin

C17: from Latin sēmin-, sēmen seed + connecting vowel + -ferous
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seminiferous in Medicine


  1. Conveying, containing, or producing semen.
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