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 (spər-măt′ə-zō′ŏn′, -ən, spûr′mə-tə-)
n. pl. sper·mat·o·zo·a (-zō′ə)
The mature male gamete of an animal, usually consisting of a nucleate head, a short neck, and a thin motile tail.

sper·mat′o·zo′al (-zō′əl), sper·mat′o·zo′an (-zō′ən), sper·mat′o·zo′ic (-zō′ĭk) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spermatozoan - the male reproductive cellspermatozoan - 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, 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
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Gonadosomatic index in Barbus longiceps, Capoeta damascina and their natural hybrid (Pisces, Cyprinidae), vs spermatozoan index in the parental males.
Effect of daily spermatozoan production but not age on transit time of spermatozoa through the human epididymis.
It is widely accepted that docosahexaenoic fatty acid (DHA) is the most important spermatozoan PUFA in mammals, including man, bull, monkey, ram and boar (Poulos et al., 1973; Cerolini et al., 2000; Surai, 2006).
Relationship between spermatozoan lipid composition and fertility during aging of chickens.
Although spermiogenesis and spermatozoan morphology are similar among most insect species, many species also exhibit certain distinctive characteristics.
It has been observed that fertile men tend to have higher blood and spermatozoan levels of omega-3 fatty acids as well as lower serum ratios of omega-6 to omega-3 compared with infertile men.
1a), and we observed spermatogonia, Sertoli cells, and remains of cells in seminiferous tubules but no spermatozoan in epididymides (Figs.
(11.) Morisawa M, Suzuki K, Morisawa S (1983) Effects of potassium and osmolality on spermatozoan motility of salmonid fishes.