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Definition of the noun epididymis

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  1. a convoluted tubule in each testis; carries sperm to vas deferens
    • lexical domain: Body Parts - nouns denoting body parts
    • more generic terms: canal / channel / duct / epithelial duct = a bodily passage or tube lined with epithelial cells and conveying a secretion or other substance
    • part of: ball / ballock / bollock / egg / nut / orchis / testicle / testis = one of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens; seminal duct = the efferent duct of the testis in man
    • part: vasa efferentia = the several highly convoluted tubules that lead from the rete testis to the vas deferens and form the head of the epididymis

Alternative definition of the noun epididymis


  1. [anatomy] A narrow, tightly-coiled tube connecting the efferent ducts from the rear of each testicle to its vas deferens, where sperm are stored during maturation.

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Google previewFertility Preservation in Male Cancer Patients (2013)

by John P. Mulhall

The epididymis is a tightly coiled structure, which when unfurled can be 6 meters long. Anatomically, the epididymis can be divided into three regions: the head ( caput), the body (corpus), and the tail (cauda). The epididymal head consists of ...

Google previewCunningham's Textbook of Anatomy (1913)

by Arthur Robinson

The epididymis is a somewhat crescentic structure, which is curved round the posterior border of the testis and overlaps to some extent the posterior part of the lateral surface of that organ. The superior, somewhat swollen part of the epididymis ...

Google previewClinical Anatomy (2011)

by Kulkarni

Epididymis The epididymis is a very long and highly coiled tube attached to the posterior margin of testis. It consists of the head, body and tail. The head of epididymis is applied to the superior pole of the testis and the body lies against the ...

Google previewGenitourinary Radiology: Male Genital Tract, Adrenal and Retroperitoneum (2013)

The Pathologic Basis by Vikram S. Dogra, Gregory T. MacLennan, Ahmet Tuncay Turgut, Anastasia Canacci, Mehmet Ruhi Onur

The presence of hydrocele permits identification of this structure The head of the epididymis is a pyramidal structure • 5–12 mm in maximum...

Google previewAmerican Medical Association Concise Medical Encyclopedia (2006)

by Martin S. Lipsky, M.D.

The epididymis, about 20 feet long, connects the vas efferens (tube emerging from the testicle) with the vas deferens (a tube or duct leading...

Google previewThe International Encyclopaedia of Surgery (1895)

A Systematic Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Surgery by John Ashhurst

vaded from the side of the urethra, but by extension of the disease from the epididymis. The true explanation is to be found in the carrying of the bacillus by the blood to the testicle from some distant part, and in its localization, occurring through ...

Google previewGreen's Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine and Surgery (1908)

by John William Ballantyne

In cases in which the vas is enlarged, examinations should always be made as to the existence of stricture ; but there are certain rare cases in which the vas and the epididymis are enlarged, and without any evidence of urethral disease.

Google previewSex Encyclopedia (1993)

A To Z Guide to Latest Info On Sexual Health Safety & Technique by Stefan Bechtel

Epididymis The epididymis is a structure mounted on the back side of each testicle and containing a tiny, tightly coiled tube. Fully unwound, that tube would stretch a full 20 feet. After being formed in the testicle, immature sperm cells enter this ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Britannica or a Dictionary of Arts and Sciences [...] (1771)

This membrane is the continuation and duplicaturc cf the tunica albuginca or proper coat of the tellicle, which having supplied the place of a ligament to the epididymis afterwards invests it. The epididymis is Hat, a little enneave on the under ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Men's Health (2005)

by Glenn S. Rothfeld, Deborah S. Romaine

epididymis as from injuries releases enzymes into the bloodstream that ordinarily are not present. Digestive enzymes work in the gastrointestinal tract to dissolve and metabolize food, breaking it down into component structures that can be ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Londinensis, or, Universal dictionary of arts, sciences, and literature (1828)

The hardest part is commonly the epididymis, and principally the lower portion...

Google previewLexicon Medicum: or, Medical Dictionary ... Fourth edition (1839)

by Robert HOOPER (M.D.), Klein Grant

The epididymis remains swelled, however, even for a considerable time afterwards. The first appearance of swelling is generally ...

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Small photo of Microscope picture of human epididymisSmall photo of Pseudostratified columnar epithelium of the epididymis. The epithelial cells show sterocilia in the apical surface. The lumen is filled with spematozoa. Light microscope micrograph.Small photo of Epididymis limit histological staining observed by optical microscope More...

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