[ goh-nad, gon-ad ]
/ ˈgoʊ næd, ˈgɒn æd /

noun Anatomy.

a sex gland in which gametes are produced; an ovary or testis.

Origin of gonad

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

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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British Dictionary definitions for gonadal


/ (ˈɡɒnæd) /


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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Medicine definitions for gonadal


[ gōnăd′ ]


An organ that produces gametes, especially a testis or an ovary.

Related forms

go•nadal (gō-nădl) null adj.
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Science definitions for gonadal


[ gōnăd′ ]

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