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gonad

[goh-nad, gon-ad] /ˈgoʊ næd, ˈgɒn æd/
noun, Anatomy
1.
a sex gland in which gametes are produced; an ovary or testis.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; < New Latin gonad- (stem of gonas), equivalent to gon- gon- + -ad- -ad1
Related forms
gonadal, gonadial
[goh-ney-dee-uh l] /goʊˈneɪ di əl/ (Show IPA),
gonadic
[goh-nad-ik] /goʊˈnæd ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gonads

gonad

/ˈɡɒnæd/
noun
1.
an animal organ in which gametes are produced, such as a testis or an ovary
2.
(slang) a foolish or stupid person
Derived Forms
gonadal, gonadial (ɡɒˈneɪdɪəl), gonadic, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin gonas, from Greek gonos seed
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Word Origin and History for gonads

gonad

n.

1880, from Modern Latin gonas (plural gonades), coined from Greek gone, gonos "seed, act of generation, race, family," from gignesthai "be born," related to genos "race, birth, descent" (see genus). Related: gonads.

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gonads in Medicine

gonad go·nad (gō'nād')
n.
An organ that produces gametes, especially a testis or an ovary.


go·nad'al (gō-nād'l) or go·nad'ic adj.
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gonads in Science
gonad
  (gō'nād')   
An organ in animals that produces reproductive cells (gametes). The ovary and testis are gonads.
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gonads in Culture
gonads [(goh-nadz)]

The organs in animals that produce sex cells: ovaries in the female, testes in the male.

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Encyclopedia Article for gonads

gonad

in zoology, primary reproductive gland that produces reproductive cells (gametes). In males the gonads are called testes; the gonads in females are called ovaries. (see ovary; testis).

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