[ goh-nad, gon-ad ]
/ ˈgoʊ næd, ˈgɒn æd /
a sex gland in which gametes are produced; an ovary or testis.
, gonadal cord
, gonadal dysgenesis
, gonadal ridge
Origin of gonad
< 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 gonads
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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Medicine definitions for gonads
An organ that produces gametes, especially a testis or an ovary.
Related formsgo•nad′al (gō-năd′l) null adj.
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Science definitions for gonads
An organ in animals that produces reproductive cells (gametes). The ovary and testis are gonads.
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Culture definitions for gonads
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