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[skroh-tuh m] /ˈskroʊ təm/
noun, plural scrota
[skroh-tuh] /ˈskroʊ tə/ (Show IPA),
scrotums. Anatomy.
the pouch of skin that contains the testes.
Origin of scrotum
1590-1600; < Latin scrōtum, variant of scrautum quiver
Related forms
scrotal, adjective Unabridged
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noun (pl) -ta (-tə), -tums
the pouch of skin containing the testes in most mammals
Derived Forms
scrotal, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin
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Word Origin and History for scrotum

"purse-like tegumentary investment of the testes and part of the spermatic cord; the cod" [Century Dictionary], 1590s, from Latin scrotum, probably transposed from scortum "a skin, hide" (see corium), perhaps by influence of scrautum "leather quiver for arrows."

"Isn't the sea what Algy calls it: a grey sweet mother? The snotgreen sea. The scrotum-tightening sea. Epi oinopa ponton." [Joyce, "Ulysses"]
Related: Scrotal.

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scrotum in Medicine

scrotum scro·tum (skrō'təm)
n. pl. scro·tums or scro·ta (-tə)
The musculocutaneous sac that encloses the testes and is formed of skin, a network of nonstriated muscular fibers, cremasteric fascia, the cremaster muscle, and the serous coverings of the testes and epididymides.

scro'tal (skrōt'l) adj.
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scrotum in Science
Plural scrota or scrotums
The external sac of skin that encloses the testes in most mammals. The scrotum keeps the testes at the optimal temperature (slightly below body temperature) for producing sperm.
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scrotum in Culture
scrotum [(skroh-tuhm)]

The external pouch or sac located behind the penis. The scrotum contains the testes. (See reproductive systems.)

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