gonad [goh-nad, gon-ad] ExamplesWord Origin noun Anatomy.

  1. a sex gland in which gametes are produced; an ovary or testis.

Origin of gonad 1875–80; New Latin gonad- (stem of gonas), equivalent to gon- gon- + -ad- -ad1 Related formsgo·nad·al, go·na·di·al [goh-ney-dee-uh l] /goʊˈneɪ di əl/, go·nad·ic [goh-nad-ik] /goʊˈnæd ɪk/, adjective Related Words for gonad genitalia, nuts, gonads, vulva, testes, stones, pudenda, ballocks, balls, cullions, rocks Examples from the Web for gonad Historical Examples of gonad

  • In some forms the kidney is closely associated with the gonad, and seems to coperate with the latter in the generative functions.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide

    Augusta Foote Arnold

  • The gonad is the part most affected; so much so that most authors have interpreted it as testis.

    The Organism as a Whole

    Jacques Loeb

  • In Arca, in Anomiidae and in Pectinidae the gonad opens into the external part of the renal tube.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 16, Slice 1


  • This fact led Cuvier erroneously to the belief that a duct existed leading from the gonad to this papilla.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 5


  • The essential reproductive organ or gonad consists of both ovarian and testicular cells (see fig. 42).

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 5


  • British Dictionary definitions for gonad gonad noun

    1. an animal organ in which gametes are produced, such as a testis or an ovary
    2. slang a foolish or stupid person

    Derived Formsgonadal, gonadial (ɡɒˈneɪdɪəl) or gonadic, adjectiveWord Origin for gonad C19: from New Latin gonas, from Greek gonos seed Word Origin and History for gonad n.

    1880, from Modern Latin gonas (plural gonades), coined from Greek gone, gonos “seed, act of generation, race, family,” from gignesthai “be born,” related to genos “race, birth, descent” (see genus). Related: gonads.

    gonad in Medicine gonad [gō′năd′] n.

    1. An organ that produces gametes, especially a testis or an ovary.

    Related formsgo•nad′al (gō-năd′l) null adj. gonad in Science gonad [gō′năd′]

    1. An organ in animals that produces reproductive cells (gametes). The ovary and testis are gonads.

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