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  • noun Plural form of zoosperm.

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Examples

  • A German physician some time since advanced the theory that the two testicles and ovaries produce elements of different sexual character, the right testicle forming zoosperms capable of producing only males, and the right ovary producing ova with the same peculiarity.

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  • As all the exquisite details of the most beautiful flower are in essence contained within the tiny bud which first makes its appearance, so is the developed human being, the full-grown man or woman, virtually contained within the tiny cell called the ovum after it has been impregnated or fecundated by the zoosperms.

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  • Some claim that the zoosperms are matured in these organs.

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  • At the same time, the testicles of the male fish, which are contained within the abdominal cavity, become distended with developed zoosperms.

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  • -- The zoosperms not only come in contact with the ovum, but penetrate the thin membrane which incloses its contents, and enter its interior, where they disappear, becoming united with its substance.

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  • When the female seeks a place to deposit her eggs, the male closely follows; and as she drops them upon the gravelly bottom, he discharges upon them the zoosperms by which they are fecundated.

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  • A microscopic examination shows this matter to be composed largely of zoosperms, which decides its origin.

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  • After a time, each granule acquires a long appendage, and then the cell has become converted into a bundle of small zoosperms.

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  • -- The uterine life of the new individual begins with the impregnation of the ovum, which occurs the instant it is brought in contact with the zoosperms of the male.

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  • In the mule, the zoosperms are either entirely absent or else very imperfectly developed; hence the fact that a colt having a mule for its sire is one of the rarest of curiosities, though a few instances have been reported.

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