Definition of epididymis in English:

epididymis

Syllabification: ep·i·did·y·mis
Pronunciation: /ˌepiˈdidəməs
 
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noun (plural epididymides /-ˈdidəmiˌdēz, -diˈdimiˌdēz/)

Anatomy
  • A highly convoluted duct behind the testis, along which sperm passes to the vas deferens.
    More example sentences
    • Alongside the testicles are the epididymis and the vas deferens, which make up the duct system of the male reproductive organs.
    • The epididymis, rete testis, and spermatic cord were free of tumor.
    • During sexual activity, the sperm travels from the epididymis to the vas deferens with other glandular secretions.

Derivatives

epididymal

adjective
More example sentences
  • In the present study, an increased incidence of both cystic hypoplasia of the rete testis and epididymal hypoplasia were observed.
  • The testis and epididymal remnant were delivered, and a single epididymal tubule was microsurgically isolated.
  • The epididymis is exposed through an incision in the scrotum, and then an operating microscope is used to dissect individual epididymal tubules.

Origin

early 17th century: from Greek epididumis, from epi 'upon' + didumos 'testicle' (from duo 'two').

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