One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A highly convoluted duct behind the testis, along which sperm passes to the vas deferens.
- ‘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.’
- ‘This chapter focuses on infections of the male urethra, epididymis, testis, and prostate.’
- ‘On physical examination, the patient was found to have right scrotal swelling encroaching on the epididymis and testis.’
- ‘Alongside the testicles are the epididymis and the vas deferens, which make up the duct system of the male reproductive organs.’
Early 17th century: from Greek epididumis, from epi ‘upon’ + didumos ‘testicle’ (from duo ‘two’).
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