[ spur-muh-thee-kuh ]
/ ˌspɜr məˈθi kə /
noun, plural sper·ma·the·cae [spur-muh-thee-see] /ˌspɜr məˈθi si/. Zoology.
a small sac or cavity in female or hermaphroditic invertebrates used to store sperm for fertilizing eggs, as in the queen bee.
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British Dictionary definitions for spermatheca
/ (ˌspɜːməˈθiːkə) /
a sac or cavity within the body of many female invertebrates, esp insects, used for storing spermatozoa before fertilization takes place
Derived Formsspermathecal, adjective
Word Origin for spermatheca
C19: see sperm 1, theca
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Science definitions for spermatheca
[ spûr′mə-thē′kə ]
Plural spermathecae (spûr′mə-thē′sē)
A receptacle in the reproductive tracts of certain female invertebrates, especially insects, in which spermatozoa are received and stored until needed to fertilize the ova.
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