noun, plural scro·ta [skroh-tuh] /ˈskroʊ tə/, scro·tums. Anatomy.
- the pouch of skin that contains the testes.
noun plural -ta (-tə) or -tums
- the pouch of skin containing the testes in most mammals
n.“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. n. pl. scro•tums
- 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.
Plural scrota 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.
The external pouch or sac located behind the penis. The scrotum contains the testes. (See reproductive systems.)