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noun, plural spermathecae
[spur-muh-thee-see] /ˌspɜr məˈθi si/ (Show IPA). Zoology.
a small sac or cavity in female or hermaphroditic invertebrates used to store sperm for fertilizing eggs, as in the queen bee.
a sac or cavity within the body of many female invertebrates, esp insects, used for storing spermatozoa before fertilization takes place
Plural spermathecae (spûr’mə-thē’sē)
A receptacle in the reproductive tracts of certain female invertebrates, especially insects, in which spermatozoa are received and stored until needed to fertilize the ova.


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