[spur-mat-uh-goh-nee-uh m, spur-muh-tuh-]
noun, plural sper·mat·o·go·ni·a [spur-mat-uh-goh-nee-uh, spur-muh-tuh-] /spɜrˌmæt əˈgoʊ ni ə, ˌspɜr mə tə-/. Cell Biology.
  1. one of the undifferentiated germ cells giving rise to spermatocytes.

Origin of spermatogonium

From New Latin, dating back to 1860–65; see origin at spermato-, -gonium
Related formssper·mat·o·go·ni·al, adjective
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noun plural -nia (-nɪə)
  1. zoology an immature male germ cell that divides to form many spermatocytes
Derived Formsspermatogonial, adjective

Word Origin for spermatogonium

C19: from spermato- + -gonium
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spermatogonium in Medicine


[spər-măt′ə-gōnē-əm, spûr′mə-tə-]
n. pl. sper•mat•o•go•ni•a (-nē-ə)
  1. Any of the cells of the gonads in male organisms that are the progenitors of spermatocytes.spermatoblast
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spermatogonium in Science


Plural spermatogonia
  1. Any of the cells of the gonads in male organisms that undergo mitosis to form spermatocytes as well as new spermatogonia. See more at spermatogenesis.
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