semen

[ see-muh n ]
/ ˈsi mən /

noun

the viscid, whitish fluid produced in the male reproductive organs, containing spermatozoa.

Origin of semen

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin sēmen seed; akin to serere to sow1
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British Dictionary definitions for semen

semen

/ (ˈsiːmɛn) /

noun

the thick whitish fluid containing spermatozoa that is ejaculated from the male genital tract
another name for sperm 1

Word Origin for semen

C14: from Latin: seed
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Word Origin and History for semen

semen


n.

late 14c., from Latin semen "seed of plants, animals, or men; race, inborn characteristic; posterity, progeny, offspring," figuratively "origin, essence, principle, cause," from PIE *si-so-, reduplication of root *se- (1) "to sow" (cf. Latin serere "to sow," Old Prussian semen "seed," Lithuanian semens "seed of flax," Old Church Slavonic seme, Old High German samo "seed," German Same; see sow (v.)).

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Medicine definitions for semen

semen

[ sēmən ]

n.

A viscous whitish secretion of the male reproductive organs, containing spermatozoa and consisting of secretions of the testes, seminal vesicles, prostate, and bulbourethral glands.
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Science definitions for semen

semen

[ sēmən ]

A thick, whitish fluid that is produced during ejaculation by male mammals and carries sperm cells.
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Culture definitions for semen

semen

[ (see-muhn) ]

The sticky white fluid produced in the male reproductive system that carries sperm.

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