Testicle

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The testicle (from Latin testiculus, diminutive of testis, meaning "witness" [of virility],[1] plural testes) is the male generative gland in animals.

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In the Middle Ages, men who wanted a boy sometimes had their left testicle removed. This was because people believed that the right testicle made "boy" sperm and the left made "girl" sperm.[2] As early as 330 BC, Aristotle prescribed the ligation (tying off) of the left testicle in men wishing to have boys.[3] Today, some testicles from some animals are used to comprise a dish, sometimes called Rocky Mountain oysters.[4]

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