Definition for testes (2 of 2)
noun, plural tes·tes [tes-teez] /ˈtɛs tiz/. Anatomy, Zoology.
Origin of testis
Examples from the Web for testes
Testes of mature individuals are pale yellow and slightly oblong.
Testes sunt permulti in utramque partem, sed brevitatis causa familia contenti erimus una.De Officiis|Marcus Tullius Cicero
Testes of three adult males measured 17, 19, and 22; of three females, none evidenced reproductive activity.Mammals of Northwestern South Dakota|Kenneth W. Andersen
Testes large, ovoid, granular; length of left testis 11.0 mm.Descriptions of New Hylid Frogs From Mexico and Central America|William E. Duellman
British Dictionary definitions for testes (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for testes (2 of 2)
noun plural -tes (-tiːz)
Word Origin for testis
Word Origin and History for testes
(plural testes), 1704, from Latin testis "testicle," usually regarded as a special application of testis "witness" (see testament), presumably because it "bears witness" to virility (cf. Greek parastates, literally "one that stands by;" and French slang témoins, literally "witnesses"). But Buck thinks Greek parastatai "testicles" has been wrongly associated with the legal sense of parastates "supporter, defender" and suggests instead parastatai in the sense of twin "supporting pillars, props of a mast," etc. Walde, meanwhile, suggests a connection between testis and testa "pot, shell, etc."
Medicine definitions for testes
n. pl. tes•tes (-tēz)
Science definitions for testes
Plural testes (tĕs′tēz)
Culture definitions for testes
sing. testis (tes-tis)