vas deferens

noun vas def·er·ens \ ˈvas-ˈde-fə-rənz , -ˌrenz \

Definition of vas deferens

plural vasa deferentia play \ˈvā-zə-ˌde-fə-ˈren(t)-sh(ē-)ə\
: a sperm-carrying duct especially of a higher vertebrate that in the human male is a thick-walled tube about two feet (0.61 meters) long that begins at and is continuous with the tail of the epididymis and eventually joins the duct of the seminal vesicle to form the ejaculatory duct

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Origin and Etymology of vas deferens

borrowed from New Latin vās deferens, literally, "downward-conveying vessel"


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vas deferens

noun vas def·er·ens \ -ˈdef-ə-rənz, -ˌrenz \

medical Definition of vas deferens

plural vasa deferentia play \-ˌdef-ə-ˈren-ch(ē-)ə\
: a sperm-carrying duct especially of a higher vertebrate that in humans is a small but thick-walled tube about two feet (0.6 meter) long formed by the union of the vasa efferentia, is greatly convoluted in its proximal portion, begins at and is continuous with the tail of the epididymis, runs in the spermatic cord through the inguinal canal, and descends into the pelvis where it joins the duct of the seminal vesicle to form the ejaculatory duct called also ductus deferens, spermatic duct

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