Words nearby spermo-
WORDS THAT USE SPERMO-
What does spermo- mean?
Spermo- is a combining form used like a prefix representing “sperm.” Sperm are the reproductive cells contained in semen. Spermo- means “sperm” both literally and figuratively, as in “germ” or “seed.” It is occasionally used in scientific terms, especially in biology.
Spermo- comes from the Greek spérma, meaning “seed.”
What are variants of spermo-?
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Examples of spermo-
One example of a scientific term that features the combining form spermo- is spermophile, “any of various burrowing rodents of the squirrel family.”
One of the various meanings of spermo- is “seed,” while the combining form -phile means “lover of” or “enthusiast for.” Spermophile literally translates to “lover of seeds,” an accurate description of acorn-burying squirrels.
What are some words that use the combining form spermo-?
- spermogonium (from the equivalent form of spermo- in Latin)
- spermophyte (from the equivalent form of spermo- in Latin)
What are some other forms that spermo- may be commonly confused with?