spermatozoon

See also: spermatozoön

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

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

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spermatozoon (plural spermatozoa)

  1. (cytology) A reproductive cell or gamete of a male, carried in semen, that fertilizes an ovum to produce a zygote.
    • 2019, Bill Bryson, The Body: A Guide for Occupants, Black Swan (2020), page 339:
      But let us suppose [...] that one hardy or lucky spermatozoon has reached the waiting egg.

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spermatozoon

  1. accusative singular of spermatozoo