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[skroh-tuh m]
noun, plural scro·ta [skroh-tuh] /ˈskroʊ tə/, scro·tums. Anatomy.
  1. the pouch of skin that contains the testes.
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Origin of scrotum

1590–1600; < Latin scrōtum, variant of scrautum quiver
Related formsscro·tal, adjective
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Historical Examples of scrotum

  • Scrotum, callosities, and naked parts of buttocks bright flesh-coloured, but not so bright as in C. hamadryas.

    A Hand-book to the Primates, Volume 1 (of 2)

    Henry O. Forbes

British Dictionary definitions for scrotum


noun plural -ta (-tə) or -tums
  1. the pouch of skin containing the testes in most mammals
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Derived Formsscrotal, adjective

Word Origin for scrotum

C16: from Latin
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Word Origin and History for scrotum


"purse-like tegumentary investment of the testes and part of the spermatic cord; the cod" [Century Dictionary], 1590s, from Latin scrotum, probably transposed from scortum "a skin, hide" (see corium), perhaps by influence of scrautum "leather quiver for arrows."

"Isn't the sea what Algy calls it: a grey sweet mother? The snotgreen sea. The scrotum-tightening sea. Epi oinopa ponton." [Joyce, "Ulysses"]

Related: Scrotal.

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scrotum in Medicine


n. pl. scro•tums
  1. The musculocutaneous sac that encloses the testes and is formed of skin, a network of nonstriated muscular fibers, cremasteric fascia, the cremaster muscle, and the serous coverings of the testes and epididymides.
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Related formsscrotal (skrōtl) adj.
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scrotum in Science


Plural scrota scrotums
  1. The external sac of skin that encloses the testes in most mammals. The scrotum keeps the testes at the optimal temperature (slightly below body temperature) for producing sperm.
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scrotum in Culture



The external pouch or sac located behind the penis. The scrotum contains the testes. (See reproductive systems.)

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