1. a combining form meaning “seed”; used with this meaning and as a combining form of sperm1 in the formation of compound words: spermatogonium.
Also especially before a vowel, spermat-.

Origin of spermato-

< Greek spermat- (stem of spérma; see sperm1) + -o-
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British Dictionary definitions for spermato-


spermo- before a vowel spermat- or sperm-

combining form
  1. indicating spermspermatogenesis
  2. indicating seedspermatophyte

Word Origin for spermato-

from Greek sperma, spermat-, seed; see sperm 1
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spermato- in Medicine


  1. Sperm:spermatic.
  2. Spermatozoon:spermatogenesis.
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