Definition of sperm count in US English:

sperm count


  • A measure of the number of spermatozoa per ejaculation or per measured amount of semen, used as an indication of a man's fertility.

    ‘some couples may have trouble conceiving because of a low sperm count’
    • ‘In men, chemotherapy can cause a lowered sperm count or even sterility (an inability to father children).’
    • ‘While there are medicines to increase the sperm count, for women, treatment involves medication as well as surgical procedures.’
    • ‘Most (if not all) studies conclude that marijuana use does lower sperm count and fertility.’
    • ‘Fertility was predicted by a sperm count greater than 48 million per mL, motility greater than 63 percent, and greater than 12 percent normal forms.’
    • ‘Do hot baths cause a low sperm count or is that just an old wives' tale?’
    • ‘The majority of these men have a low sperm count or spermatozoa of poor quality.’
    • ‘The treatment will also be available where the male partner has a diagnosed problem such as a low sperm count.’
    • ‘Other infertility factors including a low sperm count may also affect pregnancy rates following surgery.’
    • ‘In male fetuses - and infants especially - the phthalates have been shown to cause testicular atrophy and a reduced sperm count, among other serious health problems.’
    • ‘Briefs may not have the ‘cool’ appeal about them and may cause a low sperm count but they are by far the practical choice.’
    • ‘If ejaculation has occurred more recently than 2 days, the sperm count may be low.’
    • ‘They press your testicles against your body, elevating their temperature and reducing your sperm count.’
    • ‘This is particularly successful with men who have a low sperm count.’
    • ‘If you have to have chemotherapy this may reduce your sperm count and cause fertility problems.’
    • ‘If you have a low sperm count, caffeine may increase your fertility.’
    • ‘Men with higher levels of three commonly used farming pesticides - alachlor, atrazine, and diazinon - in their bodies were much more likely to have a low sperm count than men who showed low levels of the pesticides.’
    • ‘Technology allowed them ‘to give the world human evidence of their endearment’ despite his low sperm count.’
    • ‘After the operation the man must wait for around twelve weeks before the sperm count falls to sterile levels.’
    • ‘Carter, aggrieved by his low sperm count, remarks, ‘I shoot blanks.’’


sperm count

/ˈspərm ˌkount/