- a small sac or cavity in female or hermaphroditic invertebrates used to store sperm for fertilizing eggs, as in the queen bee.
Origin of spermatheca
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- a sac or cavity within the body of many female invertebrates, esp insects, used for storing spermatozoa before fertilization takes place
Word Origin for spermatheca
C19: see sperm 1, theca
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- 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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