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[goh-nad, gon-ad]
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noun Anatomy.
  1. 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
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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Related Words

genitalia, nuts, gonads, vulva, testes, stones, pudenda, ballocks, balls, rocks

Examples from the Web for gonads

Historical Examples

  • The gonads are pink in the males, and yellow in the females.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide

    Augusta Foote Arnold

  • Gonads were moderately active in our specimens as early as mid-July.

  • In birds taken by Coultas in November the gonads were beginning to enlarge; specimens taken in December had swollen gonads.

  • The contents of the gonads drop into the central cavity and pass out through the mouth.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide

    Augusta Foote Arnold

  • Four egg-sacs, or gonads, are conspicuous in horseshoe shape around the center of the disk.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide

    Augusta Foote Arnold

British Dictionary definitions for gonads


  1. an animal organ in which gametes are produced, such as a testis or an ovary
  2. slang a foolish or stupid person
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Derived Formsgonadal, gonadial (ɡɒˈneɪdɪəl) or gonadic, adjective

Word Origin

C19: from New Latin gonas, from Greek gonos seed
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Word Origin and History for gonads



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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gonads in Medicine


  1. An organ that produces gametes, especially a testis or an ovary.
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Related formsgo•nadal (gō-nădl) null adj.
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gonads in Science


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



The organs in animals that produce sex cells: ovaries in the female, testes in the male.

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