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What are the functions of the testes?
-to produce sperm
-to produce testosterone, the male sex hormone
What are the two layers of the tunica vaginalis?
-the visceral tunica vaginalis and the parietal tunica vaginalis?
Where do the sperm travel to on their way to the pelvic cavity? (Describe the route)
-released into the "pipes" of the testes
-ductus deferens/vas deferens
-ductus deferens passes through the spermatic cord
-ductus deferens enters the pelvic cavity through the inguinal canal
What are the two fibromuscular sacs that make up the scrotum called?
Where does the ductus deferens run once it enters the pelvic cavity?
-enters the pelvic cavity through the inguinal canal
-wraps around the roof and posterior of the urinary bladder
-enlarges posteriorly (ampulla)
-becomes the ejaculatory duct
-becomes the urethra
-urethra travels inside the penis
What are the accessory glands of the male reproductive system?
-two seminal vesicles
-bulbourethral (Cowper's) glands (pea-shaped and sized)
What is the role of the external urethral orifice?
-final point of exit for the urine or semen from the male body
In its flaccid state, which aspect of the penis contains the dorsal blood vessels and nerves?
-the penis' anterior aspect
What three sets of specialized tissues does the penis contain?
-corpus spongiosum (on ventral aspect)
-corpus spongiosum is flanked dorsally by the paired corpora cavernosa (singular = corpus cavernosum)
What is the gubernaculum facilitate/assist?
-aids in the descent of the male testes
-used to pull testes down into the scrotum
What important role does the pampiniform plexus perform?
-cools blood traveling to the testes within the testicular artery
What method is used to transfer heat from the testicular artery to the panpiniform plexus?
What is the fluid released by the seminal vesicles called? What is it composed of?
-"high fructos corn syrup"--water and sugar
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