from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as semen (which see).


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  • Aristotle is not entirely consistent, however: occasionally he uses the generic term sperma for the male contribution and explicitly contrasts it with katamenia (727a27-30); while at other times he refers to katamenia as a sort of sperma

    Aristotle's Biology

  • 8. Sperm is derived from the Greek word sperma meaning "seed."

  • Vapores venenatos mittit sperma ad cor et cerebrum.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • See 24, 31 for the statement on women and children as imperfect men: "Videtur autem femina quasi puer siue mas imperfectus et eius menstrua quasi sperma indigestum, sanguineam formam retinens propter debilitatem caloris."

    A Tender Age: Cultural Anxieties over the Child in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries

  • Note 55: Dinant, p. 23: "Dicit autem ARISTOTELES feminam quodammodo esse marem imperfectum et eius menstruum sanguinem esse indigestum sperma; similem superfluitatem esse sperma viri et menstruum sanguinem mulieris excepto quod superfluitas hec maior in femina est et colorem retinet sanguineum propter defectum caloris digerentis." back

    A Tender Age: Cultural Anxieties over the Child in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries

  • Laboravit hoc morbo virgo nobilis, cui inter caetera praescripsit medicus, ut laminam plumbeam multis foraminibus pertusam ad dies viginti portaret in dorso; ad exiccandum vero sperma jussit eam quam parcissime cibari, et manducare frequentur coriandrum praeparatum, et semen lactucae, et acetosae, et sic eam a morbo liberavit.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • This immediately raises the contentious issue of whether both male and female contribute sperma, and if both, then what the nature of their respective contributions is.

    Aristotle's Biology

  • Beginning in chapter 17, the discussion turns to the relevant uniform parts related to generation, sperma (roughly ˜seed™) and milk, but the discussion of milk is postponed until book IV.

    Aristotle's Biology

  • [1828] Grabe would here read, not sperma, but pneuma, the spirit; but the Benedictine, Otto, and Trollope all think that no change should be made.

    ANF01. The Apostolic Fathers with Justin Martyr and Irenaeus

  • The botanical term "Angiosperm" ([Greek: angeion], receptacle, and [Greek: sperma], seed) was coined in the form

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Part 1, Slice 1


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