SPERMAT-

spermato-

a combining form meaning “seed”; used with this meaning and as a combining form of sperm1. in the formation of compound words: spermatogonium.
Also, especially before a vowel, spermat-.


Origin:
< Greek spermat- (stem of spérma; see sperm1) + -o-

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spermato-, (before a vowel) spermo-, (before a vowel) spermat- or (before a vowel) sperm-
 
combining form
1.  indicating sperm: spermatogenesis
2.  indicating seed: spermatophyte
 
[from Greek sperma, spermat-, seed; see sperm1]
 
spermo-, (before a vowel) spermo-, (before a vowel) spermat- or (before a vowel) sperm-
 
combining form
 
[from Greek sperma, spermat-, seed; see sperm1]
 
spermat-, (before a vowel) spermo-, (before a vowel) spermat- or (before a vowel) sperm-
 
combining form
 
[from Greek sperma, spermat-, seed; see sperm1]
 
sperm-, (before a vowel) spermo-, (before a vowel) spermat- or (before a vowel) sperm-
 
combining form
 
[from Greek sperma, spermat-, seed; see sperm1]

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spermato- or spermat-
pref.

  1. Sperm: spermatic.

  2. Spermatozoon: spermatogenesis.

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