epididymis

noun
ep·​i·​did·​y·​mis | \ ˌe-pə-ˈdi-də-məs How to pronounce epididymis (audio) \
plural epididymides\ ˌe-​pə-​ˈdi-​də-​mə-​ˌdēz How to pronounce epididymides (audio) \

Definition of epididymis

: 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

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Other Words from epididymis

epididymal \ ˌe-​pə-​ˈdi-​də-​məl How to pronounce epididymal (audio) \ adjective

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In most cases, surgery can be performed to either reverse these blockages or to retrieve sperm directly from the epididymis and testicles. Jennifer Gerson, Marie Claire, "Can Men Cause Fertility Issues?," 1 Oct. 2018 Ms Chan therefore concentrated her attentions on part of the male genital tract called the epididymis. The Economist, "The generation gameThe ramifications of a new type of gene," 22 Feb. 2018 Very few are actually released into the epididymis. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State researchers are on the cusp of developing a birth control for men," 11 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of epididymis

1610, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for epididymis

New Latin, from Greek, from epi- + didymos testicle, twin, from dyo two — more at two

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epididymis

noun
ep·​i·​did·​y·​mis | \ ˌep-ə-ˈdid-ə-məs How to pronounce epididymis (audio) \
plural epididymides\ -​mə-​ˌdēz How to pronounce epididymides (audio) \

Medical Definition of epididymis

: a system of ductules that emerges posteriorly from the testis, holds sperm during maturation, and forms a tangled mass before uniting into a single coiled duct which comprises the highly convoluted body and tail of the system and is continuous with the vas deferens — see vasa efferentia

Other Words from epididymis

epididymal \ -​məl How to pronounce epididymal (audio) \ adjective

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