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

noun Anatomy.

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

Nearby words

  1. gomphiasis,
  2. gomphosis,
  3. gomulka,
  4. gomuti,
  5. gon-,
  6. gonadal cord,
  7. gonadal dysgenesis,
  8. gonadal ridge,
  9. gonadectomy,
  10. gonadic

Origin of gonad

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

Related formsgo·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 Formsgonadal, 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 gonadal



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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Medicine definitions for gonadal


[ gōnăd′ ]


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