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    is sperm coutable
    which one is correct?
    Scientists thought she had been able to store /sperms/sperm from her earlier encounter with a male but, after hearing about Flora's eggs, researchers conducted tests which showed her eggs were also produced without male help.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    is sperm coutable
    which one is correct?
    Scientists thought she had been able to store /sperms/sperm from her earlier encounter with a male but, after hearing about Flora's eggs, researchers conducted tests which showed her eggs were also produced without male help.
    IMO, both.
    IF you say sperms, you refer to the individual cells.
    Sperm means the substance in singular

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    I have never heard the word sperms. Sperm is an uncountable collective noun like milk, oil, and gravel.

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    In everyday language, I too haven't heard the plural, but it would appear that it is used medically:
    But now with the discovery of the x-chromosomes sperms and y-chromosomes sperms in the semen, the medical scientists proclaimed that it is the male who is responsible for choosing or selecting the sex of the baby.
    Sex of Baby Pediatric Oncall

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    Re: sperm

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    IMO, both.
    IF you say sperms, you refer to the individual cells.
    Sperm means the substance in singular
    Sometimes (perhaps only in BE?) people use spermatozoon/~atozoa for the countable form - that's /...'əɷɔn/ [sing.] /...'əɷə/ [plur.]

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