|1.||of, relating to, or designating the sex producing gametes (spermatozoa) that can fertilize female gametes (ova)|
|2.||of, relating to, or characteristic of a man; masculine|
|3.||for or composed of men or boys: a male choir|
|4.||(of gametes) capable of fertilizing an egg cell in sexual reproduction|
|5.||(of reproductive organs, such as a testis or stamen) capable of producing male gametes|
|6.||(of flowers) bearing stamens but lacking a functional pistil|
|7.||electronics, mechanical engineering having a projecting part or parts that fit into a female counterpart: a male plug|
|8.||a male person, animal, or plant|
|[C14: via Old French from Latin masculus|
Of, relating to, or designating the sex that has organs to produce spermatozoa for fertilizing ova. n.
A member of the sex that begets young by fertilizing ova.
A man or boy.
|male (māl) Pronunciation Key
Noun A male organism.
relatively common human sex chromosome anomaly in which a male has two Y chromosomes rather than one. It occurs in 1 in 500-1,000 live male births, and individuals with the anomaly are often characterized by tallness and severe acne and sometimes by skeletal malformations and mental deficiency. It has been suggested that the presence of an extra Y chromosome in an individual may cause him to be more aggressive and prone to criminal behaviour, a condition called the "supermale" syndrome. Studies of prison populations have tended to confirm this hypothesis; but subsequent studies of the general population, especially those in which affected individuals were observed from early childhood over a long period of time, have cast serious doubt on the validity of linking the chromosomal anomaly directly to behavioral abnormalities
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