seminiferous
adjective Etymology: Latin semin-, semen seed + English -iferous Date: 1692 producing or bearing seed or semen

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  • Seminiferous — Sem i*nif er*ous, a. [L. semen, semenis, seed ferous.] (Biol.) Seed bearing; producing seed; pertaining to, or connected with, the formation of semen; as, seminiferous cells or vesicles. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • seminiferous — [sem΄ənif′ər əs] adj. [< L semen (gen. seminis), a seed + FEROUS] 1. seed bearing 2. containing or conveying semen [seminiferous tubules] …   English World dictionary

  • seminiferous — Carrying or conducting the semen; denoting the tubules of the testis. [L. semen, seed (semen) + fero, to carry] * * * sem·i·nif·er·ous .sem ə nif (ə )rəs adj producing or bearing seed or semen <the seminiferous epithelium of the testis> * * …   Medical dictionary

  • seminiferous — /sem euh nif euhr euhs/, adj. 1. Anat. conveying or containing semen. 2. Bot. bearing or producing seed. [1685 95; < L semin (s. of semen) seed, SEMEN + I + FEROUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • seminiferous — adjective Conveying, containing, bearing, or producing semen …   Wiktionary

  • seminiferous — seed bearing Bearing and Carrying …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • seminiferous — adj. producing sperm, bearing sperm; producing seed, seed bearing …   English contemporary dictionary

  • seminiferous — [ˌsɛmɪ nɪf(ə)rəs] adjective producing or conveying semen. Origin C17: from L. semen, semin seed + ferous …   English new terms dictionary

  • seminiferous — sem·i·nif·er·ous …   English syllables

  • seminiferous — sem•i•nif•er•ous [[t]ˌsɛm əˈnɪf ər əs[/t]] adj. 1) anat. conveying or containing semen 2) bot bearing or producing seed • Etymology: 1685–95; < L sēmin , s. of sēmen seed, semen+ i + ferous …   From formal English to slang

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