epididymis
noun (plural epididymides) Etymology: New Latin, from Greek, from epi- + didymos testicle, twin, from dyo two — more at two Date: 1610 a system of ductules emerging posteriorly from the testis that holds sperm during maturation and that forms a tangled mass before uniting into a single coiled duct which is continuous with the vas deferens • epididymal adjective

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  • Epididymis — 1: Epididymis 2: Head of epididymis 3: Lobules of epididymis 4: Body of epididymis 5: Tail of epididymis 6: Duct of epididymis 7: Deferent duct (ductus deferens or vas deferens) …   Wikipedia

  • epididymis — c.1600, fleshy mass at the back of the testicles (jocularly called a taint), Mod.L., lit. that which is on the testicles, from Gk. epididymis, a word probably coined by Greek anatomist Herophilus (c.300 B.C.E.) from epi on (see EPI (Cf. epi )) +… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Epididymis — Ep i*did y*mis, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ?; epi upon + ? testicle.] (Anat.) An oblong vermiform mass on the dorsal side of the testicle, composed of numerous convolutions of the excretory duct of that organ. {Ep i*did y*mal}, a. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Epididymis — (gr.), Nebenhode, s.u. Genitalien. Epididymītis, deren Entzündung …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Epididymis — (griech.), der Nebenhoden; Epididymitis, Entzündung des Nebenhodens …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Epididymis — Epididymis, griech., Nebenhode …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • Epididymis — ⇒ Nebenhoden …   Deutsch wörterbuch der biologie

  • epididymis — [ep΄ə did′i mis] n. pl. epididymides [ep΄ədi dim′i dēz΄] [ModL < Gr < epi , upon + didymoi, testicles, orig. pl. of didymos, double, redupl. of duo, TWO] a long, oval shaped structure attached to the rear upper surface of each testicle,… …   English World dictionary

  • Epididymis — A structure within the scrotum attached to the backside of the testis. The epididymis is a coiled segment of the spermatic ducts that serves to store, mature and transport spermatozoa between the testis and the vas (the vas deferens). * * * An… …   Medical dictionary

  • Epididymis — Hoden und Nebenhoden: 2 Nebenhodenkopf    (Caput epididymidis) 4 Nebenhodenkörper    (Corpus epididymidis) 5 Nebenhodenschwanz    (Cauda epididymidis) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • epididymis — Convoluted tubule connecting the vas efferens, that comes from the seminiferous tubules of the mammalian testis, to the vas deferens. Maturation and storage of sperm occur in the epididymis …   Dictionary of molecular biology

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