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testis

Definition:

one of the 2 male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens

Class:

body noun (body parts)

Derivative:

testicular

Plural:

testes

Type of:

gonad » endocrine gland » gland » organ

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

orchis | testicle | ball [obscenity, slang] | ballock [obscenity, slang] | bollock [Britain, obscenity, slang] | cobbler [Britain, slang] | cojone [slang] | egg [slang] | nut [obscenity, slang]

Etymology:

(plural testes), from Latin testis "testicle", usually regarded as a special...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Testicle

the male gonad in animals. Like the ovaries to which they are homologous, testes are components of both the reproductive system and the endocrine system. The primary functions of the testes are to produce sperm and to produce androgens, primarily ... (40 of 4348 words, 15 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Testicle

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

Wiktionary:

testis | testes [plural]

[anatomy] A testicle of a vertebrate | [biology] An analogous gland in invertebrates such as the hydra (16 of 17 words, 2 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/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

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

Oxford Dictionary:

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

Collins Dictionary:

testis | testes [plural]

First use: 17th century

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

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

American Heritage Dictionary:

testis | testes [plural]

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

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/testis

Merriam-Webster:

testis | testes [plural]

First use: 1650

Origin: Latin, witness, testis

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

New World Dictionary:

testis | testes [plural]

Origin: Latin

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/testis

Encarta Dictionary:

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]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

testis | testes [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "testis"

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

Macmillan British Dictionary:

testis [countable, medical] | testes [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "testis"

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

Macmillan American Dictionary:

testis [countable, medical] | testes [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "testis"

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

Cambridge Dictionary:

testis [specialized]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "testis"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "testis"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/testis

the Free Dictionary:

testis

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "testis"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "testis"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "testis" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/testis

Google Dictionary:

testis | testes [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "testis"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=testis

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

testis

Audio: North American pronunciation of "testis"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=testis​01 word=testis

YourDictionary Audio:

testis

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "testis" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/testis

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