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Why is the term gonads used to describe both male and female

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Why is the term gonads used to describe both male and female primary sex organs? When and how does the differentiation occur?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Sohaib replied 7 years ago.


The term gonad is used to describe the organs which make gametes...Male Gonads are testes which make the sperms (gametes), and Female Gonads are ovaries which make the egg (gametes)...

Both the male and female Gonads have the same origin, which is mesothelial layer of the peritoneum...The differentiation of the gonad occurs at THE fetal age OF 7th week...

I hope this answers your question...

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