from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or resembling sperm: a spermatic substance; a spermatic filament.
  • adj. Containing, conveying, or producing sperm: the spermatic duct.
  • adj. Of or relating to a spermary.

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  • adj. of, pertaining to, or resembling sperm
  • adj. producing, conveying or containing sperm; seminiferous
  • adj. generative

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to semen

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to sperm, or male seed, in general; containing spermatozoa, or consisting of sperm or semen; seminal: as, spermatic fluid.
  • Secreting spermatozoa; generating or producing semen; seminal, as a spermary.
  • Connected with or related to the spermary, or essential male organ; subservient to the male function; testicular: as, spermatic vessels; the spermatic cord.
  • In botany, resembling or of the nature of spermatia: as, spermatic filaments; spermatic gelatin.
  • Figuratively, seminal; germinal; fructifying.
  • Any spermatic duct, as the vas deferens.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. consisting of or resembling spermatozoa


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  • The animals, of which some are raised by means of conception to the rank of larger animals, may be called spermatic, but those among them which are not so raised but remain in their own kind

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  • The seeds in question were called the spermatic logoi or perhaps


  • As the ductus deferens rises upwards from the epididymis towards the bladder, it also comes to be surrounded by nerve fibers, arteries, and veins, and the complex structure further encased in connective tissue is referred to as the spermatic cord.


  • That canal closes almost completely after birth, leaving just a small space for the spermatic cord to pass through, but not enough room for the testicles to move back into the abdomen.

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  • Abdominal discomfort and testicular pain are common complaints due to stretching of viscera and force applied to the spermatic cord, respectively.

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  • It appears to simply be irritation or inflammation, though it could be mild testicular torsion, where the spermatic cord that provides the blood supply to a testicle gets twisted.

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  • Nearly a century ago it was believed that tying off one's spermatic cords could thwart the effects of aging.

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  • Varicoceles are enlarged or dilated veins in the spermatic cord within the scrotum, similar to varicose veins in the leg and hemorrhoids in the rectal area.

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  • A surgeon friend suggested epididymitis, an inflammation of the spermatic duct.

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  • It's considerate of this baby whale version of Rush Limbaugh to be saving himself for some lucky gal, but I fear that when he finally does mate with Woman he may explode from years of self-denial in a spermatic supernova.

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  • hahaha... I love language.

    March 8, 2010

  • (O)dor very characteristic, not strong, but very penetrating, spermatic for an instant when the context is first exposed, but immediately becoming quite complex, predominantly a mixture of raphanoid and resinous with a trace of acetic acid, having a very decided pungency which quickly produces a tingling sensation in the back of the throat".


    February 25, 2010

  • Also used in mycology to non-creatively describe certain odors of certain mushrooms...

    February 25, 2010