Words nearby spermato-
WORDS THAT USE SPERMATO-
What does spermato- mean?
Spermato- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “seed” and “sperm.” Sperm are the reproductive cells contained in semen. Spermato- is occasionally used in scientific terms, especially in biology in reference to the reproductive cycles of plants and animals.
Spermato- comes from the Greek spérma, meaning “sperm.”
What are variants of spermato-?
When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, spermato- becomes spermat-, as in spermaturia.
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Examples of spermato-
An example of a scientific term you may have encountered that features spermato- is spermatozoon (plural, spermatozoa), “one of the minute, usually actively motile gametes in semen, which serve to fertilize the ovum.”
The form spermato- means “sperm,” as we know. The -zoon portion of the word means “organism,” from Greek zôion, and spermatozoon literally translates to “sperm organism.”
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