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This can be due to:
- One testicle not descending into the scrotum during normal embryonic or fetal development (3–4% of 'normal' live births), also known as: undescended testis or cryptorchidism. In this case the testis is within the abdominal cavity, somewhere along the normal route of descent — most commonly, within the inguinal canal. Such a testis has an increased risk of malignancy.
- One testicle may disappear during development (the so-called vanishing testis) due to some intrauterine insult. This is thought to be most likely vascular, such as testicular torsion.
- One testicle being surgically removed through orchidectomy.
- One testicle may be injured.
Due to testicular cancer
- Lance Armstrong, American bicyclist.
- Frank Church, late U.S. Senator and a Presidential aspirant in 1976. His monorchism was revealed publicly during the 1976 Presidential campaign.
- Tom Green, Canadian comedian/actor.
- Mark Latham, Former Australian politician.
- Geoff Horsfield, English footballer.
- Nenê, Brazilian basketball player.
- Kevin Curtis, American football player.
- Bobby Moore, English footballer and World Cup winner.
Due to injury
- Adolf Hitler, Chancellor of Nazi Germany from 1933-1945 (disputed, see Adolf Hitler's possible monorchism).
- Francisco Franco, Dictator of Spain.
- Troy Bayliss, world superbike champion in 2001, 2006 and 2008. In 2007 he lost a testicle during a race at Donington Park.
- Brian Foster, American mixed martial artist.
Due to cryptorchidism
- Bruce Lee, American/Chinese actor and martial arts instructor.
- Mao Zedong, known as Chairman Mao, Chinese revolutionary.
Monorchism in nonhuman animals
Although extremely rare, monorchism has been observed to be characteristic of some animal species, notably in beetles.
An individual having monorchism can be referred to as monorchid.
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