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[krip-tawr-ki-diz-uh m]
noun Pathology.
  1. failure of one or both testes to descend into the scrotum.
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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
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  1. denoting or relating to such an individual
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Derived Formscryptorchidism, noun

Word Origin for cryptorchid

from crypto- + orchid, from Greek orkhis testicle
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