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[spur-mat-uh-jen-uh-sis, spur-muh-tuh-]
noun Biology.
  1. the origin and development of spermatozoa.
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Origin of spermatogenesis

From New Latin, dating back to 1880–85; see origin at spermato-, -genesis
Related formssper·ma·to·ge·net·ic [spur-muh-toh-juh-net-ik, sper-mat-oh-] /ˌspɜr mə toʊ dʒəˈnɛt ɪk, spərˌmæt oʊ-/, adjective
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Historical Examples of spermatogenesis

  • Spermatogenesis of Caloptenus femur-rubrum and Cicada tibicen.

    Studies in Spermatogenesis (Part 1 of 2)

    Nettie Maria Stevens

British Dictionary definitions for spermatogenesis


  1. the formation and maturation of spermatozoa in the testisSee also spermatocyte (def. 1)
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Derived Formsspermatogenetic (ˌspɜːmətəʊdʒəˈnɛtɪk), adjective
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Word Origin and History for spermatogenesis


1877, earlier in German, from comb. form of Greek sperma (see sperm) + genesis.

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spermatogenesis in Medicine


(spər-măt′ə-jĕnĭ-sĭs, spûr′mə-tə-)
  1. Formation and development of spermatozoa by meiosis and spermiogenesis.spermatocytogenesis
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Related formssper•mat′o•ge•netic (-jə-nĕtĭk) null adj.
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spermatogenesis in Science


[spər-măt′ə-jĕnĭ-sĭs, spûr′mə-tə-]
  1. The formation and development of spermatozoa. Spermatogenesis in humans begins with the spermatogonium, the diploid cell that undergoes mitosis to form new spermatogonia as well as cells called primary spermatocytes. Each primary spermatocyte then undergoes the first meiotic division to produce two secondary spermatocytes. Each secondary spermatocyte undergoes the second meiotic division to produce two nonmotile cells called spermatids. The four spermatids then develop flagella and become sperm. Since some of the original spermatogonia replace themselves, the males are able to produce large numbers of sperm continuously after sexual maturity.
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