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rete testis

Definition:

network of tubules carrying sperm from the seminiferous tubules to the vasa efferentia

Class:

body noun (body parts)

Plural:

rete testes

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

rete + testis
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Rete testis

/ˈriti ˈtɛstɪs/ is an anastomosing network of delicate tubules located in the hilum of the testicle that carries sperm from the seminiferous tubules to the efferent ducts. It's in the rete testis that the sperm become concentrated and other fluids... (40 of 454 words, 5 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Rete testis

Wiktionary:

rete testis [anatomy] | retia testes [plural]

A hilar testicular network that collects produced sperm from the seminiferous tubules, and connects with the efferent ducts. (18 of 20 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/rete testis

Britannica Encyclopedia:

testis [anatomy] | testes [plural] | testicle [plural]

in animals, the organ that produces sperm, the male reproductive cell, and androgens, the male hormones. In humans the testes occur as a pair of ... (25 of 747 words, 5 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/588769​/testis

Collins Dictionary:

testis | testes [plural] | testicle

another word for "testicle" (4 of 318 words, 6 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/testis

American Heritage Dictionary:

testis | testes [plural]

The reproductive gland in a male vertebrate, the source of spermatozoa and ... | An analogous gland in an invertebrate animal, such as a hydra or a ... (26 of 259 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/testis

Columbia Encyclopedia:

testis | testicle | scrotum

one of a pair of glands that produce the male reproductive cells, or sperm. In fetal life the testes develop in the abdomen, then descend into an ... (27 of 137 words, pronunciations)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0848270​.html

Merriam-Webster:

testis | testes [plural]

a typically paired male reproductive gland that produces sperm and secretes testosterone and that in most mammals is contained within the scrotum at ... (23 of 52 words, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/testis

Oxford Dictionary:

testis | testes [plural]

Syllabification: (tes¬∑tis) | [anatomy, zoology] | an organ that produces spermatozoa (male reproductive cells). (12 of 51 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/testis

testis [anatomy, zoology] | testes [plural]

an organ which produces spermatozoa (male reproductive cells) (8 of 48 words, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/testis

New World Dictionary:

testicle | testes | testicular [adjective, related]

either of two oval sex glands in the male that are suspended in the scrotum and secrete spermatozoa; testis (19 of 37 words, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/testicle

Cambridge Dictionary:

testicle | testis [specialized] | balls [offensive] | bollocks [British, offensive] | nads [slang] | nadds [slang] | nuts [offensive]

either of the two round male sex organs which produce sperm and are contained in the scrotum (bag of skin) below and behind the penis (25 of 34 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/testicle

Macmillan British Dictionary:

testis [countable, medical] | testes [plural]

a testicle (2 of 28 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/testis

Random House Dictionary:

testis [zoology] | testes. Anat [plural] | ballocks [vulgar, plural] | testicle [vulgar, plural]

the male gonad or reproductive gland, either of two oval glands located in the scrotum. (15 of 26 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/testis

Encarta Dictionary:

testis | testes [plural]

either of the paired male reproductive glands, roundish in shape, that produce sperm and male sex hormones, and hang in a small sac scrotum (24 of 54 words, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861719332​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

rete testis [anatomy] | retia testes [plural]

Origin: rete + testis

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/rete testis

rete | retia [plural]

Origin: Latin rete.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/rete

Collins Dictionary:

rete [anatomy]

First use: 14th century

Origin: (referring to a metal network used with an astrolabe): from Latin rēte net

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/rete

testis | testes [plural]

First use: 17th century

Origin: from Latin, literally: witness (to masculinity)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/testis

New World Dictionary:

rete [anatomy]

Origin: Middle English riet from Latin rete, net: see "retina"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/rete

testis | testes [plural]

Origin: Latin

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/testis

Merriam-Webster:

rete | retia [plural]

First use: 1541

Origin: New Latin, from Latin, net

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/rete

testis | testes [plural]

First use: 1650

Origin: Latin, witness, testis

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/testis

Oxford Dictionary:

rete [anatomy] | retia [plural]

First use: mid 16th century

Origin: Latin rete "net"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/rete

rete | retia [plural]

First use: mid 16th century

Origin: Latin, "net"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/rete

testis | testes [plural]

First use: early 18th century

Origin: Latin, literally "a witness" (i.e., to virility). Compare with "testicle"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/testis

testis [anatomy, zoology] | testes [plural]

First use: early 18th century

Origin: Latin, literally "a witness" (i.e. to virility). Compare with "testicle"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/testis

American Heritage Dictionary:

rete | retia [plural]

Origin: Latin rēte, net.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/rete

testis | testes [plural]

Origin: Latin, witness, testis; see "testify".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/testis

Online Etymology:

testis

First use: 1704

Origin: (plural testes), from Latin testis "testicle", usually regarded as a special application of testis "witness", presumably because ... (18 of 85 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=testis

Encarta Dictionary:

rete | retia [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Latin, "net"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861701663​/definition​.html  [offline]

testis | testes [plural]

First use: Early 18th century

Origin: Latin, "witness", because it "bears witness" to a man's virility

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861719332​/definition​.html  [offline]

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