epididymis

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English[edit]

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)

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek ἐπιδιδυμίς (epididumís), from ἐπί (epí, upon, over) + δίδυμος (dídumos, twin; testicle).

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  • IPA(key): /ɛpiˈdɪdɪmɪs/
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Noun[edit]

epididymis (plural epididymides or epididymises)

  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.
    • 2019, Bill Bryson, The Body: A Guide for Occupants, Black Swan (2020), page 332:
      Most men, I daresay, have never heard of their epididymis.

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