Origin of spermatic

1530–40; < Late Latin spermaticus < Greek spermatikós relating to seed, equivalent to spermat- (stem of spérma) sperm1 + -ikos -ic
Related formssper·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for spermatic


spermic (ˈspɜːmɪk) or spermous (ˈspɜːməs)

  1. of or relating to spermatozoaspermatic fluid
  2. of or relating to the testisthe spermatic artery
  3. of or relating to a spermary
Derived Formsspermatically, adverb

Word Origin for spermatic

C16: from Late Latin spermaticus, from Greek spermatikos concerning seed, from sperma seed, sperm 1
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spermatic in Medicine


  1. Of, relating to, or resembling sperm.
  2. Containing, conveying, or producing sperm.
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