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a combining form meaning “seed”; used with this meaning and as a combining form of sperm1 in the formation of compound words: spermatogonium.
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Let’s start with some etymology: What are the origins of the typographical word “bracket”?
First appeared around 1750, and is related to the French word “braguette” for the name of codpiece armor.
First appeared in 1610, based on the French word “baguette” for the long loaf of bread.
First appeared in 1555, and is related to the French word “raquette” for a netted bat.TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT
Also especially before a vowel, spermat-.
Words nearby spermato-
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British Dictionary definitions for spermato-
spermo- before a vowel spermat- or sperm-
Word Origin for spermato-
from Greek sperma, spermat-, seed; see sperm 1
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Medical definitions for spermato-
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