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sperm 1

 (spûrm)
n. pl. sperm or sperms
1. A male gamete, such as a spermatozoon of an animal or one of the cells or nuclei produced by a pollen grain of a plant. Also called sperm cell.
2. Semen.

[Middle English sperme, semen, from Old French esperme, from Late Latin sperma, from Greek; see sper- in Indo-European roots.]

sperm′ous adj.

sperm 2

 (spûrm)
n.
A substance, such as spermaceti, obtained from a sperm whale.

[Short for spermaceti.]

sperm

(spɜːm)
n, pl sperms or sperm
1. (Physiology) another name for semen
2. (Physiology) a male reproductive cell; male gamete
[C14: from Late Latin sperma, from Greek; related to Greek speirein to sow]

sperm

(spɜːm)
n
(Animals) short for sperm whale, spermaceti, sperm oil

sperm1

(spɜrm)

n., pl. sperm, sperms for 2.
1. a male reproductive cell; spermatozoon.
2. semen.
[1350–1400; Middle English sperme < Late Latin sperma < Greek spérma seed <sper-, base of speírein to sow]

sperm2

(spɜrm)

n.
spermaceti.
[1830–40; by shortening]

-sperm

a combining form meaning “one having seeds” of the kind specified by the initial element: gymnosperm.
[< Greek -spermos]

sperm

(spûrm)
1. In male animals, the reproductive cell whose nucleus is capable of fusing with the nucleus of an egg cell to form a new organism; a spermatozoon. A sperm has half as many chromosomes as the other cells of the body and moves to unite with the egg.
2. In plants, algae, and certain fungi, the reproductive cell whose nucleus is capable of fusing with the nucleus of a female reproductive cell to form a new organism. A sperm has half as many chromosomes as the other cells of the organism and moves to unite with the egg.

sperm

Male sex cells.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sperm - the male reproductive cellsperm - the male reproductive cell; the male gamete; "a sperm is mostly a nucleus surrounded by little other cellular material"
flagellum - a lash-like appendage used for locomotion (e.g., in sperm cells and some bacteria and protozoa)
come, cum, ejaculate, semen, seminal fluid, seed - the thick white fluid containing spermatozoa that is ejaculated by the male genital tract
gamete - a mature sexual reproductive cell having a single set of unpaired chromosomes
acrosome - a process at the anterior end of a sperm cell that produces enzymes to facilitate penetration of the egg
male reproductive system - the reproductive system of males

sperm

noun
1. spermatozoon, reproductive cell, male gamete Conception occurs when a single sperm fuses with an egg.
2. semen, seed (archaic or dialect), spermatozoa, scum (U.S. slang), come or cum (taboo), jism or jissom (taboo) the ejaculation of sperm

sperm

noun
The male fluid of fertilization:
Translations
خلِيَّة مَنويَّه مُخْصِبَهسائِل مَنَويمَنِيّ
spermiespermasemeno
sædsædcellesperm
sperma
spermasiemennestesiittiö
sperma
sperma
sæîisáîfruma
精子
정자
spermaspermatozoidas
spermaspermatozoīds
spermă
spermaspermia
sperma
ตัวอสุจิ
er suyuerkeklik tohumumenispermsperma
tinh trùng

sperm

[spɜːm]
A. N (Bio) → esperma m or f
B. CPD sperm bank Nbanco m de esperma
sperm count Nrecuento m de espermas
sperm whale Ncachalote m

sperm

[ˈspɜːrm]
n
(= cell) → spermatozoïde m
(= semen) → sperme m
modif [donor, donation, sample] → de sperme

sperm

nSamenfaden m, → Spermatozoon nt, → Spermium nt; (= fluid)Samenflüssigkeit f, → Sperma nt

sperm

:
sperm oil
nWalratöl nt
sperm whale
nPottwal m

sperm

[spɜːm] n (Bio) → sperma m

sperm

(spːm) plural sperms sperm noun
1. the fluid in a male animal etc that fertilizes the female egg.
2. one of the fertilizing cells in this fluid.

sperm

مَنِيّ spermie sperm Sperma σπέρμα esperma sperma sperme sperma sperma 精子 정자 sperma sperm sperma esperma сперма sperma ตัวอสุจิ sperm tinh trùng 精子

sperm

n. esperma, semen;
decreased ___ countconteo disminuido de ___;
___ countespermiograma
V.: semen.

sperm

n (individual spermatozoon) espermatozoide m; (semen) semen m, esperma m&f
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Sacred To the Memory of The late Captain Ezekiel Hardy, Who in the bows of his boat was killed by a Sperm Whale on the coast of Japan, August 3d, This Tablet Is erected to his Memory by His Widow.
Assuming the blubber to be the skin of the whale; then, when this skin, as in the case of a very large Sperm Whale, will yield the bulk of one hundred barrels of oil; and, when it is considered that, in quantity, or rather weight, that oil, in its expressed state, is only three fourths, and not the entire substance of the coat; some idea may hence be had of the enormousness of that animated mass, a mere part of whose mere integument yields such a lake of liquid as that.
20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Seattle Sperm Bank (SSB) has announced that it will discontinue use of its 'European Sperm Bank USA' trade name, effective immediately.
Men make millions of sperm every day and millions in excess of needs.
Scientists found that there was more success in fertilisation in the male finches with longer sperm cells in comparison to the ones with lesser sperm length, reported the (http://www.
Recently, our laboratory reported, for the first time ever, that the curcumin affects sperm function (motility/capacitation and acrosome reaction/fertilization) in vitro and fertility in vivo.
The two species occasionally hybridize in the wild, but since hybrid offspring become reproductive dead-ends, females of both species are under selection to avoid hybrid fertilizations, and instead promote external fertilization by their own species' sperm.
The availability and development of sperm retrieval techniques and cryopreservation have improved the chances of conception in men with SCI.
Based on samples from more than 6,000 men treated for infertility, researchers writing in American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology found sperm in greater numbers, with faster swimming speeds and fewer abnormalities in semen made during the winter, with a steady decline in quality from spring onward.
The 2 main techniques to analyze sperm in a semen sample are optical and electrical detection.
The new study found that young Danish men who consumed the most saturated fats had significantly lower concentrations of sperm, the New York Daily News reported.
Oncology and reproductive medicine professional organizations support the idea that sperm banking prior to cancer treatment should be recommended routinely to all patients who wish to preserve fertility.