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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 previewHow to Get Pregnant (2009)

by Sherman J. Silber

The tiny epididymis is the most common site of blockage causing male sterility. To correct such blockage requires very delicate microsurgery (see fig. 7.1). The epididymis is a twenty-foot-long microscopic tube (1/300 of an inch in diameter) that ...

Google previewAAEVT's Equine Manual for Veterinary Technicians (2009)

by Deborah Reeder, Sheri Miller, DeeAnn Wilfong, Midge Leitch, Dana Zimmel

The epididymis is a long thin convoluted tube in which the spermatozoa pass through on the way from the testes to the deferent...

Google previewAn Analytical compendium of the various branches of medical science (1852)

by John Neill

The epididymis is that vermiform appendage encircling the posterior edge, as a crest upon a helmet. It is soft and formed of a...

Google previewAtlas of Ultrasonography in Urology, Andrology, and Nephrology (2017)

by Pasquale Martino, Andrea B. Galosi

Epididymis is an extratesticular tubular structure situated on the upper and posterior lateral aspect of the testis. The maximal size is less than 10–12 mm ( mean 6–7 mm), and it can be divided into three main regions: the head, body, and tail.

Google previewUrologic Surgical Pathology E-Book (2014)

by David G. Bostwick, Liang Cheng

After puberty, elastic fibers are present in the muscular coat of the ductules, epididymis, and vas deferens. Epididymis The epididymis is a highly convoluted tubule attached to the dorsomedial portion of the testis, connecting the efferent ...

Google previewProcessing Principles in Surgical Pathology (2011)

by Julio Diaz-Perez, Jorge Garcia-Vera

The epididymis is a narrow channel located in the back of the testicle, testicular fluid that transports and is followed by the vas deferens. The main and most feared are pathological testicular tumor, although there are also birth defects, defects ...

Google previewClinical Doppler Ultrasound (2006)

by Paul L. P. Allan

These continue as 10–15 efferent ductules which pass into the head of the epididymis. The epididymis is a comma shaped structure that runs along the posterolateral aspect of the testis (Fig. 12.4). Its components are the head (globus major), ...

Google previewReproductive Toxicology (2013)

In Vitro Germ Cell Developmental Toxicology, from Science to Social and Industrial Demand by Jesús del Mazo

Since the epididymis is an androgen-dependent organ, it may be postulated that testosterone production is still sufficient to support epididymal development but not spermatogenic cell line differentiation. INTRODUCTION Parathion is used as ...

Google previewClinical Cases: Medical-surgical nursing case studies (2014)

by Janine Bothe

Answer: c Why: The epididymis is a coiled structure that sits to the back of each testis. It stores sperm until they are mature. The mature sperm are then transported ...

Google previewEpithelial Cell Culture (1996)

by Ann Harris

Wong Introduction The epididymis is an integral part of the male reproductive system, which, together with the efferent duct and vas deferens, forms the testicular excur- rent duct system. The epididymis does not merely serve as a conduit for ...

Google previewArthur's Veterinary Reproduction and Obstetrics (2009)

by David E. Noakes

The epididymis is a single, highly convoluted tube into which the vasa efferentia drain the seminiferous tubules. Grossly, the epididymis appears as an approximately cylindrical organ, which is divided into a prominent head, situated close ...

Google previewFertility and Sterility (2012)

The Proceedings of the XIth World Congress on Fertility and Sterility, Dublin, June 1983, held under the Auspices of the International Federation of Fertility Societies by R.F. Harrison, J. Bonnar, W. Thompson

CANALE INTRODUCTION The epididymis is a long duct (6–7 m, width 450–500 um) where the spermatozoa coming from the seminiferous ...

Google previewTextbook of Clinical Embryology (2013)

by Kevin Coward, Dagan Wells

The epididymis is a coiled segment of the spermatic ducts that serves to store, mature and transport sperm between the testis and the deferen duct (Fig. 3.2). The epididymis can be divided into caput (head), corpus (body) and cauda (tail).

Google previewVeterinary Medical Terminology (2014)

Guide and Workbook by Angela Taibo

Once sperm cells are produced, they move to the next structure of the male reproductive system, the epididymis. The epididymis is a large tube where ...

Google previewStudies on Men's Health and Fertility (2012)

by Ashok Agarwal, Robert John Aitken, Juan G Alvarez

The increased sperm DNA compaction ensured by protamine oxidation in the epididymis is a crucial phenomenon that serves both to protect paternal DNA from mutational effects and to reduce the volume of the sperm head allowing an ...

Google previewMale Infertility and Sexual Dysfunction (2012)

by Wayne J.G. Hellstrom

The epididymis is the site ofsperm maturation andstorage. Itis derived,along withthevas deferens andtheseminal vesicles,from the mesonephric (wolffian) duct . Themesonephric duct makes contact withthe tubules ofthe developing retetestisvia ...

Google previewFertility Control (2010)

by Ursula-F. Habenicht, Robert John Aitken

Abstract The epididymis is an excellent target for the development of a male contraceptive. This is because the process of sperm maturation occurs in this organ; spermatozoa ...

Google previewGreen's encyclopedia and dictionary of medicine and surgery (1907)

by John William Ballantyne

Epididymis. See Scrotum and Testicle, Diseases of (Anatomy, Abnormalities, Encysted Hydrocele, etc.) ; Tuberculosis ( Morbid Anatomy, Epididymis and Testis). Epididymitis. — Inflammation of the epididymis.

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Public Health (2016)

Epididymis After production within the seminiferous tubules of the testis, the immature testicular spermatozoa together with fluid secreted by the Sertoli cells pass the tubuli recti and the rete testis and enter into 12–18 efferent ducts that form ...

Google previewThe International Encyclopedia of Surgery (1888)

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

A lingering tenderness in the region of the epididymis is ...

Google previewChurchill Livingstone Medical Dictionary (2008)

by Chris Brooker

epididymectomy n surgical removal of the epididymis. epididymis n a small oblong body attached to the posterior surface of the ...

Google previewA Dictionary of practical Surgery (1818)

by Samuel Cooper

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

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