[ spur-mat-uh-zoh-uhn, -on, spur-muh-tuh- ]

noun,plural sper·mat·o·zo·a [spur-mat-uh-zoh-uh, spur-muh-tuh-]. /spɜrˌmæt əˈzoʊ ə, ˌspɜr mə tə-/. Cell Biology.
  1. one of the minute, usually actively motile gametes in semen, which serve to fertilize the ovum; a mature male reproductive cell.

Origin of spermatozoon

From New Latin, dating back to 1830–40; see origin at spermato-, -zoon

Other words from spermatozoon

  • sper·mat·o·zo·al, sper·mat·o·zo·an, sper·mat·o·zo·ic, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for spermatozoon


/ (ˌspɜːmətəʊˈzəʊɒn) /

nounplural -zoa (-ˈzəʊə)
  1. any of the male reproductive cells released in the semen during ejaculation, consisting of a flattened egg-shaped head, a long neck, and a whiplike tail by which it moves to fertilize the female ovum: Also called: sperm, zoosperm

Derived forms of spermatozoon

  • spermatozoal, spermatozoan or spermatozoic, adjective

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Scientific definitions for spermatozoon


[ spər-măt′ə-zōŏn′ ]

Plural spermatozoa
  1. A sperm cell produced in the testis of an animal.

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