- the pouch of skin that contains the testes.
Origin of scrotum
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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
- the pouch of skin containing the testes in most mammals
Word Origin for scrotum
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"]
- 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.
- 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.