[ spur-mat-uh-zoh-uhn, -on, spur-muh-tuh- ]
/ spɜrˌmæt əˈzoʊ ən, -ɒn, ˌspɜr mə tə- /
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noun, plural sper·mat·o·zo·a [spur-mat-uh-zoh-uh, spur-muh-tuh-]. /spɜrˌmæt əˈzoʊ ə, ˌspɜr mə tə-/. Cell Biology.
one of the minute, usually actively motile gametes in semen, which serve to fertilize the ovum; a mature male reproductive cell.
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OTHER WORDS FROM spermatozoonsper·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) /
noun plural -zoa (-ˈzəʊə)
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 ovumAlso called: sperm, zoosperm
Derived forms of spermatozoonspermatozoal, spermatozoan or spermatozoic, adjective
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Medical definitions for spermatozoon
[ spər-măt′ə-zō′ŏn′, -ən, spûr′mə-tə- ]
n. pl. sper•mat•o•zo•a (-zō′ə)
The mature male gamete or sex cell that consists of a cylindrical nucleated cell with a short neck and a thin motile tail, contains genetic information to be transmitted by the male, exhibits autokinesia, and is able to effect zygosis with an ovum; sperm.
Other words from spermatozoonsper•mat′o•zo′al (-zō′əl) null null adj.
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Scientific definitions for spermatozoon
[ spər-măt′ə-zō′ŏn′ ]
A sperm cell produced in the testis of an animal.
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