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[goh-nad, gon-ad] /ˈgoʊ næd, ˈgɒn æd/

noun, Anatomy.
a sex gland in which gametes are produced; an ovary or testis.
an animal organ in which gametes are produced, such as a testis or an ovary
(slang) a foolish or stupid person

1880, from Modern Latin gonas (plural gonades), coined from Greek gone, gonos “seed, act of generation, race, family,” from gignesthai “be born,” related to genos “race, birth, descent” (see genus). Related: gonads.

gonad go·nad (gō’nād’)
An organ that produces gametes, especially a testis or an ovary.
go·nad’al (gō-nād’l) or go·nad’ic adj.
An organ in animals that produces reproductive cells (gametes). The ovary and testis are gonads.


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