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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Related Words for gonads genitalia
rocks Examples from the Web for gonads Historical Examples of gonads British Dictionary definitions for gonads 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 gonads 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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