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duct of Wirsung

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noun duct of Wir·sung \-ˈvir-(ˌ)zu̇ŋ, -zəŋ\

Medical Definition of duct of Wirsung



Biographical Note for duct of wirsung

Wirsung, Johann Georg (1589–1643), German anatomist. A professor of anatomy at Padua, Italy, Wirsung discovered and drew an illustration of the excretory duct of the pancreas in 1642. The following year he published a formal description. Shortly thereafter, he was assassinated in a dispute over his claims of discovery.


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