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Chapter 7-Organs of the Male Reproductive System

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testis, or testicle
primary male sex organs, paired, oval shaped, and enclosed in a sac called the scrotum. The testes produce spermatozoa (sperm cells) and the hormone testosterone
sperm (spermatozoon)
microscopic male germ cell which, when united with the ovum, produces a zygote (fertilized egg) that develops into an embryo
testosterone
the most important of the male sex hormones. Both males and females have it, but the additional testosterone in males stimulates the growth of the male sex organs in the fetus and the development of the male sex characteristics during puberty
seminiferous tubules
approximately 900 coiled tubes within the testes in which spermatogenesis occurs
epididymis
coiled duct atop each of the testes that provides for storage, transit, and maturation of spermatozoa
vas deferens, ductus deferens, or seminal duct
Duct carrying the sperm from the epididymis to the urethra. The spermatic cord encloses each vas deferens with nerves, lymphatics, arteries, and veins.
seminal vesicles
two main glands located at the base of the bladder that open into the vas deferens. The glands secrete a thick fluid, which forms part of the semen.
prostate gland
encircles the upper end of the urethra. The prostate gland secretes a fluid that aids in the movement of the sperm and ejaculation
scrotum
sac suspended on both sides of and just behind the penis. The testes are enclosed in the scrotum.
penis
male organ of urination and copulation
glans penis
enlarged tip on the end of the penis
prepuce
fold of skin covering the glans penis in uncircumsized males
semen
composed of sperm, seminal fluids, and other secretions
genitalia (genitals)
reproductive organs (male or female)