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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sperm, sperm cell, spermatozoon, spermatozoannoun

    the male reproductive cell; the male gamete

    "a sperm is mostly a nucleus surrounded by little other cellular material"


  1. spermnoun

    Semen; the generative substance of male animals.

  2. spermnoun

    The reproductive cell or gamete of the male; a spermatozoon.

  3. Etymology: From sperme, and its source, sperma, from σπέρμα.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SPERMnoun

    Seed; that by which the species is continued.

    Etymology: sperme, Fr. sperma, Lat.

    Some creatures bring forth many young ones at a burthen, and some but one: this may be caused by the quantity of sperm required, or by the partitions of the womb which may sever the sperm. Francis Bacon.

    There is required to the preparation of the sperm of animals a great apparatus of vessels, many secretions, concoctions, reflections, and circulations. John Ray.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spermnoun

    the male fecundating fluid; semen. See Semen

  2. Spermnoun


  3. Etymology: [F. sperme, L. sperma, Gr. , , from to sow. Cf. Spore.]


  1. Sperm

    Sperm is the second studio album by the German band Oomph!. This album would drastically change the direction and sound of the band from their heavily synthesizer based, EBM debut album. The band at this point decided to change to a heavy metal based style while retaining many elements of their EBM origins and influences. Sperm is widely regarded as the establishing album of the Neue Deutsche Härte genre.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sperm

    spėrm, n. animal seed: spawn of fishes or frogs: spermaceti.—ns. Sper′maduct, a spermatic duct; Sper′maphore (bot.), a placenta; Sper′mary, the male germ-gland; Spermathē′ca, a spermatic case or sheath—also Spermatothē′ca.—adjs. Spermathē′cal; Spermat′ic, -al, pertaining to, or consisting of, sperm or seed, seminal: connected with the male function, testicular.—v.i. Sper′matise, to yield or to discharge semen.—ns. Sper′matism=Spermism; Sper′matist=Spermist; Spermā′tium, a minute spore within a spermogonium:—pl. Spermā′tia.—adj. Spermatō′al, pertaining to a spermatoon.—n. Sper′matoblast, the germ of a spermatozoon.—adj. Spermatoblas′tic.—ns. Sper′matocele, swelling of the testicle; Sper′matocyst, a seminal vesicle; Spermatocys′tis, inflammation of the seminal vesicles.—adj. Spermatocy′tal.—ns. Sper′matocyte, a mother-cell from which spermatozoids are developed; Spermatogem′ma, a mass of spermatocytes; Spermatogen′esis, the formation of spermatozoa.—adjs. Spermatogenet′ic, Spermatog′enous.—ns. Spermatog′eny, the generation of spermatozoa; Spermatogō′nium, one of the primitive seminal cells that by division form the spermatocytes.—adjs. Sper′matoid, sperm-like; Spermatolog′ical, pertaining to spermatology.—ns. Spermatol′ogist, one versed in spermatology; Spermatol′ogy, the knowledge of the facts about semen; Spermatō′on, the nucleus of a spermatozoon; Spermat′ōphōre, a case which in some Invertebrata encloses the spermatozoa.—adj. Spermatoph′orous.—ns. Spermatorrhē′a, involuntary seminal discharge; Spermatō′vum, a fecundated ovum; Spermatozō′id, Spermatozō′on, one of the male reproductive cells of animals, the physiological complements of the egg-cells or ova:—pl. Spermatozō′a; Sperm′-cell, a spermatozoon: a spermatoblast or a spermatocyte.—adj. Sper′mic=Spermaticns. Sper′mism, a seminal discharge: the theory that the male sperm holds the whole germ of the future animal; Sper′mist, one who holds the theory of spermism; Sperm′-nū′cleus, the nucleus of a spermatozoon; Sper′moderm, the whole integument of a seed; Spermogō′nium, the cavity in which, spermatia are produced; Sperm′-oil, oil from the sperm-whale; Spormol′ogy=Spermatology; Spermoph′ōrum, a seminal vesicle.—n.pl. Spermoph′yta, one of the four divisions of the vegetable kingdom including flowering plants.—ns. Sperm′ūle, a sperm-cell; Sperm′-whale, the cachalot, a species of whale from which spermaceti is obtained. [Fr.,—L. sperma—Gr. sperma, spermatosspeirein, to sow.]

Editors Contribution

  1. sperm

    A type of male body fluid.

    Sperm is released from the penis.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020  


  1. Sperm

    the seminal fluid: in plural form is sometimes used as = spermatozoa; q.v.

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  1. perms

  2. prems

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sperm in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sperm in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of sperm in a Sentence

  1. Fode Tass Sylla:

    We know the virus can stay in the sperm of a healed patient for a certain period of time, that's why we want to vaccinate the circles of 501 men, to avoid all risk of spreading the disease.

  2. Elaine Lissner:

    It's a sticky gel that goes into [the tubes] and basically filters out sperm.

  3. Khaled Kteily:

    You need to go back to the science, because men and women will listen to the science. We know that sperm counts have declined 50 to 60% over the last 40 years and that there is a crisis when it comes to male factor infertility, and also we need to raise awareness among men to talk about the challenges that they have faced with fertility.

  4. Scientific American:

    Normally, this polar body shrivels up and disappears. In the case of the Komodos, though, polar bodies evidently acted as sperm and turned ova into embryos.

  5. Jorge Chavarro:

    While previous work had linked occupational exposure to pesticides to impaired sperm production I was skeptical that pesticide residues in food could have a similar effect, i think this study opened a lot more questions than I had anticipated.

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