Spermatozoon vs Sperm what difference

what is difference between Spermatozoon and Sperm

English

Alternative forms

  • spermatozoön
  • spermatozoan

Etymology

From Ancient Greek σπέρμα (spérma, sperm) + ζῷον (zôion, living thing).

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌspɜːmətə(ʊ)ˈzəʊɒn/

Noun

spermatozoon (plural spermatozoa)

  1. (cytology) A reproductive cell or gamete of a male, carried in semen, that fertilizes an ovum to produce a zygote.

Synonyms

  • sperm cell
  • zoosperm

Hypernyms

  • gamete

Coordinate terms

  • ovum

Derived terms

  • spermatozoal
  • spermatozoic

Translations


Esperanto

Noun

spermatozoon

  1. accusative singular of spermatozoo


English

Etymology

From Middle English sperme, from Latin sperma, from Ancient Greek σπέρμα (spérma, seed, semen). Compare also Old French esperme, sparme.

Pronunciation

  • (US) IPA(key): /spɜːɹm/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /spɜːm/
  • Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)m
  • Hyphenation: sperm

Noun

sperm (countable and uncountable, plural sperm or sperms)

  1. (countable) The reproductive cell or gamete of the male; a spermatozoon.
    • 2012, Sarah Whitehouse, The Guardian, 13 Apr 2012:
      Seeing the two little moving cells – the result of her egg and Luke’s sperm – was incredible, and two very long weeks later the clinic confirmed I was pregnant.
  2. (uncountable, slang) Semen; the generative substance of male animals.
  3. (chemistry) Sperm oil; whale oil from a sperm whale; spermaceti.

Synonyms

  • (generative substance): cum (vulgar slang), semen
  • (reproductive cell): spermatozoon, sperm cell
  • (of fish): milt
  • (figurative): seed

Hypernyms

  • (reproductive cell): gamete

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

sperm (third-person singular simple present sperms, present participle sperming, simple past and past participle spermed)

  1. (intransitive, slang, vulgar) To ejaculate.
  2. (transitive, slang, vulgar) To ejaculate on or into.

Anagrams

  • PMSer, perms, prems

Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology

From Ancient Greek σπέρμα (spérma) (sense 1).

Noun

sperm m (definite singular spermen, uncountable)

  1. sperm
  2. short for spermasett (spermaceti); see spermhval.

Synonyms

  • sperma
  • sæd

Related terms

  • sperme

Verb

sperm

  1. imperative of sperme

References

  • “sperm” in Det Norske Akademis ordbok (NAOB).

Turkish

Noun

sperm

  1. semen (male reproductory fluid)

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