Sperm cell(Physiol.), one of the cells from which the spermatozoids are developed.Sperm morula. (Biol.) Same as Spermosphere.

(Sperm), n.[Contr. fr. spermaceti.] Spermaceti.

Sperm oil, a fatty oil found as a liquid, with spermaceti, in the head cavities of the sperm whale. Sperm whale. (Zoöl.) See in the Vocabulary.

(Sper`ma*ce"ti) n. [L. sperma sperm + cetus,gen. ceti, any large sea animal, a whale, Gr. . See Sperm, Cetaceous.] A white waxy substance obtained from cavities in the head of the sperm whale, and used making candles, oilments, cosmetics, etc. It consists essentially of ethereal salts of palmitic acid with ethal and other hydrocarbon bases. The substance of spermaceti after the removal of certain impurities is sometimes called cetin.

Spermaceti whale(Zoöl.), the sperm whale.

(Sper"mal*ist) n. (Biol.) See Spermist.

(Sper"ma*phore) n. [Gr. sperm + to bear.] (Bot.) That part of the ovary from which the ovules arise; the placenta.

(Sper"ma*ry) n. (Anat.) An organ in which spermatozoa are developed; a sperm gland; a testicle.

(||Sper`ma*the"ca) n.; pl. Spermathecæ [NL., from Gr. seed + case, or receptacle.] (Zoöl.) A small sac connected with the female reproductive organs of insects and many other invertebrates, serving to receive and retain the spermatozoa.

(Sper*mat"ic) a. [L. spermaticus, Gr. : cf. F. spermatique. See Sperm.] (Physiol.) Of or pertaining to semen; as, the spermatic fluid, the spermatic vessels, etc.

Spermatic cord(Anat.), the cord which suspends the testicle within the scrotum. It is made up of a connective tissue sheath inclosing the spermatic duct and accompanying vessels and nerves.

(Sper"mat"ic*al) a. Spermatic.

Sperage to Sphenotic

(Sper"age) n. Asperagus. [Obs.] Sylvester.

(Spe"rate) a. [L. speratus, p. p. of sperare to hope.] Hoped for, or to be hoped for. [R.] Bouvier.

(Spere) v. i. [AS. spyrian to inquire, properly, to follow the track; akin to D. speuren, G. spüren, Icel. spyrja. &radic171. See Spoor.] To search; to pry; to ask; to inquire. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.] [Written also speer, speir.] Jamieson.

(Spere), n. [See Sphere.] A sphere. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(Sperge) n. (Distilling) A charge of wash for the still. Knight.

(Sper"ling) n. [See Sparling.] (Zoöl.) (a) A smelt; a sparling. [Prov. Eng.] (b) A young herring. [Local, U.S.]

(Sperm) n.[F. sperme, L. sperma, Gr. from to sow. Cf. Spore.] (Physiol.) The male fecundating fluid; semen. See Semen.

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