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Definition of the noun sperm

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noun - plural: sperms

  1. the male reproductive cell; the male gamete
    • example: a sperm is mostly a nucleus surrounded by little other cellular material
    • lexical domain: Body Parts - nouns denoting body parts
    • synonyms of sperm: sperm cell / spermatozoan / spermatozoon
    • more generic word: gamete = a mature sexual reproductive cell having a single set of unpaired chromosomes
    • part of: come / cum / ejaculate / seed / semen / seminal fluid = the thick white fluid containing spermatozoa that is ejaculated by the male genital tract; male reproductive system = the reproductive system of males
    • parts:
      • flagellum = a lash-like appendage used for locomotion
      • acrosome = a process at the anterior end of a sperm cell that produces enzymes to facilitate penetration of the egg


Sperm is a fictional character from the 1972 film Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex.


"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 a short film, directed by Nicola Quilter.


Sperm: The term sperm refers to the male reproductive cells and is derived from the Greek word sperma. In the types of sexual reproduction known as anisogamy and oogamy, there is a marked difference in the size of the gametes with the smaller one being termed the "male" or sperm cell. A uniflagellar sperm cell that is motile is referred to as a spermatozoon, whereas a non-motile sperm cell is referred to as a spermatium. Sperm cells cannot divide and have a limited life span, but after fusion with egg cells during fertilization, a new organism begins developing, starting as a totipotent zygote. The human sperm cell is haploid, so that its 23 chromosomes can join the 23 chromosomes of the female egg to form a diploid cell. In mammals, sperm develops in the testicles and is released from the penis. It is also possible to extract sperm through TESE. Some sperm banks hold up to 170 litres of sperm.

  • also known as Spermatozoon, Meni, Spermatozoid

Phrases with Sperm

Phrases starting with the word Sperm:

  1. sperm oil
  2. sperm bank
  3. sperm cell
  4. sperm count
  5. Sperm donor
  6. sperm whale
  7. Sperm Whales
  8. sperm-filled

Other phrases containing the word Sperm:

  1. dwarf sperm whale
  2. pygmy sperm whale
  3. Pygmy Sperm Whales
  4. Small Sperm Whales

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Sperm

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Google previewPrinciples of Hygiene (1935)

by Thomas Andrew Storey

The sperm is the paternal germ-cell. The ovum is the maternal germ-cell. All germ -cells are members of a direct line of...

The sperm is a very small cell. A cubic millimeter of human seminal fluid may contain more than 60,000 sperms with room ...

Google previewDrosophila Cytogenetics Protocols (2004)

by Daryl S. Henderson

The transformation of a 15-μm-diameter round spermatid into a 1.8-mm-long mature motile sperm is a truly remarkable act of cellular remodeling.

Google previewForensic Analysis of Biological Evidence (2014)

A Laboratory Guide for Serological and DNA Typing by J. Thomas McClintock

The most common staining technique used to detect the presence of human sperm is the Christmas tree stain (Figure 7.1) (Allery et al., 2001). In this staining process two dyes are used: nuclear fast red and picroindigocarmine (PIC). The red ...

Google previewControl of Pig Reproduction VIII (2010)

by Heriberto Rodriguez-Martinez

The sperm is a highly polarized cell with a minimum of cytosol and organelles ( Eddy & O'Brien 1994). The sperm head consists of the nucleus that houses the male haploid genome which is highly condensed together with protamines in the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Dairy Sciences (2011)

Sexsorting sperm by DNA content provides a means for predetermining the sex of calves with 85–95% accuracy. This sexing process, which is now commercialized at numerous sites worldwide, uses a flow cytometer/cell sorter to separate ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Animal Science (Print) (2004)

by Wilson G. Pond

INTRODUCTION Sex can be predetermined in the offspring of mammals by separating the sex- determining sperm prior to insemination with a flow cytometer/cell sorter. This sexing ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Women's Health (2009)

by Christine Ammer

sperm bank When a man reaches ORGASM, the pelvic muscles expel the sperm from its storage place and it is propelled, along with gland secretions ( seminal fluid), through the urethra and out through the opening at the end of the penis.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Marine Mammals (2009)

by William F. Perrin, Bernd Würsig, J.G.M. Thewissen

S Figure 1 Young male sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) off. Crespo, E. A., Corcuera, J. F., and López Cazorla, A. (1994). Interactions between marine mammals and fisheries in some coastal fishing areas of Argentina. Rep. Int. Whaling ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Tidepools and Rocky Shores (2007)

by Mark W. Denny, Steven Dean Gaines

Gamete Properties Sperm characteristics that are important include cell shape, swimming behavior and speed, and longevity. The longer and faster the sperm can swim, the greater the probability that they will bind to and then fertilize an egg .

Google previewEncyclopedia of Entomology (2008)

by John L. Capinera

Many males mature sperm during the pupal stage, while others may require several days as an adult to mature sperm. In contrast to the situation in most vertebrates, sperm can survive in the sper- matheca of a female for weeks, months, ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Men's Health (2005)

by Glenn S. Rothfeld, Deborah S. Romaine

Fertility begins at puberty when the testicles become mature enough to produce SPERM and continues throughout a man's life. Though it takes only a single sperm to fertilize an ovum (egg), a typical EJACULATION contains 20 million sperm.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Genetics, Genomics, Proteomics, and Informatics (2008)

by George P. Rédei

Sperm Competition “superior phenotypes” cannot be evaluated by generally accepted criteria, and the phenotype may not fully represent the heritability of particular traits. Since artificial insemination of domestic animals became routine, ...

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Quotes about Sperm

Ovum, stable and static,
represents Matter;
Sperm, mobile and motile,
represents Force.

Matter is dead without force.
Ovum is dead with out sperm.
Body is dead without soul.
30.07.97, Agartala. (Rm. Shanmugam Chettiar)
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Scrabble value of S1P3E1R1M3

The value of this 5-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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