- 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-
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spermo- before a vowel spermat- or sperm-
- indicating spermspermatogenesis
- indicating seedspermatophyte
from Greek sperma, spermat-, seed; see sperm 1
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