Other definitions for spermic (2 of 2)
WORDS THAT USE -SPERMIC
What does -spermic mean?
The form -spermic comes from Latin -spermicus, which uses the equivalent forms of -sperm and -ic in Latin. The suffix -ic means “having some characteristics of,” from both Greek -ikós and Latin -icus.
What are variants of -spermic?
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Examples of -spermic
One example of a term from botany that features the combining form -spermic is angiospermic, “of or relating to a plant having its seeds enclosed in an ovary.” Orchids, pea plants, and grass are all examples of angiosperms.
The angio- portion of the word means “vessel” or “container.” Because the form -spermic means “of or relating to one who has seeds,” angiospermic literally translates to “of or relating to one having seeds [in a] vessel.”
What are some words that use the combining form -spermic?
- endospermic (using the equivalent form of -sperm in French)
- gymnospermic (using the equivalent form of -sperm in Latin)
- pteridospermic (using the equivalent form of -sperm in Latin)
What are some other forms that -spermic may be commonly confused with?