[ spur-mat-ik ]
/ spɜrˈmæt ɪk /


of, relating to, or resembling sperm; seminal; generative.
pertaining to a spermary.

Origin of spermatic

1530–40; < Late Latin spermaticus < Greek spermatikós relating to seed, equivalent to spermat- (stem of spérma) sperm1 + -ikos -ic

Related forms

sper·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for spermatic


spermic (ˈspɜːmɪk) or spermous (ˈspɜːməs)

/ (spɜːˈmætɪk) /


of or relating to spermatozoaspermatic fluid
of or relating to the testisthe spermatic artery
of or relating to a spermary

Derived Forms

spermatically, adverb

Word Origin for spermatic

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


[ spər-mătĭk ]


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

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