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gonad

[ goh-nad, gon-ad ]
/ ˈgoʊ næd, ˈgɒn æd /
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noun Anatomy.
a sex gland in which gametes are produced; an ovary or testis.
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Origin of gonad

1875–80; <New Latin gonad- (stem of gonas), equivalent to gon-gon- + -ad--ad1

OTHER WORDS FROM gonad

go·nad·al, go·na·di·al [goh-ney-dee-uhl], /goʊˈneɪ di əl/, go·nad·ic [goh-nad-ik], /goʊˈnæd ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gonad

gonad
/ (ˈɡɒnæd) /

noun
an animal organ in which gametes are produced, such as a testis or an ovary
slang a foolish or stupid person

Derived forms of gonad

gonadal, gonadial (ɡɒˈneɪdɪəl) or gonadic, adjective

Word Origin for gonad

C19: from New Latin gonas, from Greek gonos seed
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Scientific definitions for gonad

gonad
[ gōnăd′ ]

An organ in animals that produces reproductive cells (gametes). The ovary and testis are gonads.
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