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  • The male reproductive fluid, containing spermatozoa in suspension.

    ‘The prostate produces a thick, white fluid called semen that mixes with the sperm when it is ejaculated in male orgasm.’
    • ‘The garment was taped for fibres and hairs and screened for body fluids, such as blood, semen and saliva.’
    • ‘After a few days, the body has natural ways of releasing the extra semen and sperm.’
    • ‘Sensation, the orgasm and the volume of semen ejaculated are entirely unaffected.’
    • ‘It surrounds the urethra, the tube which carries urine, and secretes fluid carried in semen which nourishes sperm.’
    • ‘The proportions of X and Y chromosome bearing sperms in human semen are equal, but more boys than girls are born.’
    • ‘Other symptoms include painful ejaculation, blood in the urine or semen and pain in the lower back, hips or thighs.’
    • ‘But the jury heard he was linked to that attack through DNA evidence extracted from semen and saliva.’
    • ‘However, you will not know whether you are producing sperm when you ejaculate until your doctor has checked a sample of semen.’
    • ‘The test, which requires a drop of semen, can determine whether a man's sperm count is within normal limits.’
    • ‘Surgical sperm collection may be suitable for men who have no sperm at all in their semen.’
    • ‘Samples can be gathered from blood, skin, saliva, hair, body tissue, bone or semen.’
    • ‘This is when a man experiences the feeling of climax but no semen comes out.’
    • ‘However, when the condition is caused by factors such as prostate surgery, the quantity of semen cannot be increased.’
    • ‘Albrecht said police believe it was goat semen, but Swine Genetics only deals in pig semen.’
    • ‘Fears of poor quality of sperm in Scotland and a shortage of sperm donors prompted a Glasgow clinic to import semen from Denmark.’
    • ‘HIV in semen may enter the body through tissue in the tonsils and throat and through breaks in the gums.’
    • ‘The prostate is a male sex gland that produces a fluid that forms part of the semen.’
    sperm, spermatic fluid, seminal fluid, seed, milt, ejaculate, emission
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/ˈsēmən/ /ˈsimən/


Late Middle English from Latin, literally ‘seed’, from serere ‘to sow’.