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Definition of sperm (Meaning of sperm)
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Gamete Gam"ete (g[a^]m"[=e]t; g[.a]*m[=e]t"; the latter
	     usually in compounds), n. [Gr. gameth` wife, or game`ths
	     husband, fr. gamei^n to marry.] (Biol.)
	     A sexual cell or germ cell having a single set of unpaired
	     chromosomes; a conjugating cell which unites with another of
	     like or unlike character to form a new individual. In Bot.,
	     gamete designates esp. the similar sex cells of the lower
	     thallophytes which unite by conjugation, forming a zygospore.
	     The gametes of higher plants are of two sorts, {sperm} (male)
	     and {egg} (female); their union is called fertilization, and
	     the resulting zygote an o["o]spore. In Zo["o]l., gamete is
	     most commonly used of the sexual cells of certain Protozoa,
	     though also extended to the germ cells of higher forms.
	     [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
	
	
	
	  Sperm Sperm, n.[F. sperme, L. sperma, Gr. ???, ???, from ????
	     to sow. Cf. {Spore}.] (Physiol.)
	     The male fecundating fluid; semen. See {Semen}.
	     [1913 Webster]
	
	     {Sperm cell} (Physiol.), one of the cells from which the
	        spermatozoids are developed.
	
	     {Sperm morula}. (Biol.) Same as {Spermosphere}.
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	  Sperm Sperm, n.[Contr. fr. spermaceti.]
	     Spermaceti.
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	     {Sperm oil}, a fatty oil found as a liquid, with spermaceti,
	        in the head cavities of the sperm whale.
	
	     {Sperm whale}. (Zo["o]l.) See in the Vocabulary.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
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