semen

[see-muh n]

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. semeiotics,
  2. semele,
  3. semelincident,
  4. semelparous,
  5. sememe,
  6. semenuria,
  7. semeru,
  8. semester,
  9. semester hour,
  10. semestrial

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

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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