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  • 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 Lennox, James 2006

  • 8. Sperm is derived from the Greek word sperma meaning "seed." 2010

  • Vapores venenatos mittit sperma ad cor et cerebrum.

    Anatomy of Melancholy 2007

  • 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 2005

  • 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 2005

  • 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 2007

  • 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 Lennox, James 2006

  • 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 Lennox, James 2006

  • [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 1819-1893 2001

  • 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 Various


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