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What are gonads?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
You probably haven't heard the word gonads since it was the punchline in a fifth-grade joke, but the gonad glands are simply your sex glands, with each gender carrying its own set. In men, the gonad glands are testes, and in women they're ovaries.
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