EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun . Anatomy a sex gland in which gametes are produced; an ovary or testis. Origin of gonad 1875–80;
New Latin gonad-
), equivalent to
-ad- -ad 1 Related forms go·nad·al, go·na·di·al , [goh- ney-dee- uh l] /goʊˈneɪ di əl/ go·nad·ic , [goh- nad-ik] /goʊˈnæd ɪk/ adjective
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Examples from the Web for gonad Historical Examples of gonad
In some forms the kidney is closely associated with the
gonad, and seems to coperate with the latter in the generative functions.
gonad is the part most affected; so much so that most authors have interpreted it as testis.
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). British Dictionary definitions for gonad noun 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) or gonadic, adjective Word Origin for gonad
C19: from New Latin
gonas, from Greek gonos seed
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Word Origin and History for gonad n.
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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n. An organ that produces gametes, especially a testis or an ovary. Related forms go•nad ( ′al gō-năd) null ′l adj.
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An organ in animals that produces reproductive cells (gametes). The ovary and testis are gonads.
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