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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 previewAnatomy and Physiology for Paramedicals (2008)

by AK. Singh, Inderbir Singh

The epididymis is a comma shaped organ about 8.8 cm long. It lies posterior to...

The ductus epididymis is a tightly coiled structure measuring about a 6 m in length and lmm in diameter.

The ductus epididymis is the site of sperm maturation.

Google previewAAEVT's Equine Manual for Veterinary Technicians (2012)

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 previewGynaecology For Postgraduate And Practitioners (2007)

by Sengupta

Epididymis The epididymis is a highly coiled tube, measuring about 6m (20 ft) in length and 1 mm in diameter that lies tightly packed within the scrotum. An epididymis...

Functionally, the epididymis is the site of sperm maturation. It stores ...

Google previewTextbook of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (2007)

by Balaji

Epididymis The epididymis is a highly coiled tube, measuring about 6 m (20 ft) in length and 1 mm in diameter that lies tightly packed within the scrotum. An epididymis...

Functionally, the epididymis is the site of sperm maturation. It stores ...

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 previewClinical Anatomy by Regions (2011)

by Richard S. Snell

Epididymis The epididymis is a firm structure lying posterior to the testis, with the vas deferens lying on its medial side...

Google previewHarwood-Nuss' Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine (2009)

by Allan B. Wolfson, Gregory W. Hendey, Louis J. Ling, Carlo L. Rosen

The epididymis is a 1-cm thick, discrete, sausage-shaped structure, usually located on and firmly attached to the posterior wall of the testicle. In 7% of patients, it is anteriorly oriented. The epididymal head, or globus major, is the thickest portion ...

Google previewHandbook of Toxicology, Second Edition (2001)

by Michael J. Derelanko, Mannfred A. Hollinger

EPIDIDYMIS AND SPERM MATURATION The epididymis is the single .

Google previewUltrasound of the Urogenital System (2011)

by Grant M. Baxter, Paul S. Sidhu

Calcification within the tunica vaginalis cent to the epididymis is a common finding and is usually due to chronic epididymitis.

Google previewClinical Anatomy (2011)

(a Problem Solving Approach) by Neeta V. 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 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 previewHealth and Humor (2008)

by Charles Frederick Schafer

The epididymis is an elongated ...

Google previewHormones and Reproduction of Vertebrates (2010)

by David O. Norris, Kristin H. Lopez

The epididymis is the primary sperm storage organ for the male. Following spermatogenesis, the epididymis is engorged with sperm and can exceed the testis in size. During breeding, sperm not transferred to females become concentrated in ...

Google previewContraceptive Research and Development: (1996)

Looking to the Future by Committee on Contraceptive Research and Development, Institute of Medicine

First, the epididymis is an end-organ for hormone action but apparently is not itself involved in hormone synthesis in vivo. Second, the only known functions of the epididymis, that is, transit, maturation, and storage, involve sperm exclusively.

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 (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 previewTaber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary (2013)

by Donald Venes, MD

Symphysis Prostate pubis Testis Epididymis Bulb of Duct of urethra bulbourethral gland EPIDIDYMIS 830. epididymodeferentectomy epigallocatechin gallate Ductus deferens\ Corpus cavernosum of shaft of penis 7\ Corpus spongiosum of ...

Google previewBlack's Veterinary Dictionary (2001)

by Edward Boden

Epididymis is a structure situated within the scrotum and in which the sperms mature after leaving the testicle. It has 3 parts: the head (capus epidiolysis), the body (corpus) and the tail (cauda).The epididymis has as its outlet the vas deferens.

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 previewSaunders Comprehensive Veterinary Dictionary (2011)

by Virginia P. Studdert, Clive C. Gay, Douglas C. Blood

epididymis [ep′′ -did' -mis] pl. epididymides [Gr.] an elongated,cordlike structure along theattachedborder of the testis, whose coiled duct provides ...

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 ...

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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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