Carrying or conducting the semen; denoting the tubules of the testis. [L. semen, seed (semen) + fero, to carry]

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sem·i·nif·er·ous .sem-ə-'nif-(ə-)rəs adj producing or bearing seed or semen <the \seminiferous epithelium of the testis>

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sem·i·nif·er·ous (sem″ĭ-nifґər-əs) [semen + -ferous] producing or conveying semen.

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  • seminiferous — adjective Etymology: Latin semin , semen seed + English iferous Date: 1692 producing or bearing seed or semen …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • seminiferous — adjective Conveying, containing, bearing, or producing semen …   Wiktionary

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