corpus cavernosum

/ (ˌkævəˈnəʊsəm) /

noun plural corpora cavernosa

either of two masses of erectile tissue in the penis of mammals

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Word Origin for corpus cavernosum

New Latin, literally: cavernous body
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Medical definitions for corpus cavernosum

corpus cavernosum
[ kăv′ər-nōsəm ]

n.

Either of two parallel columns of erectile tissue forming the body of the clitoris in women and the dorsal part of the body of the penis in men.
The median column of erectile tissue located between and ventral to these two columns of tissue in the penis, expanding posteriorly into the bulb of the penis and terminating anteriorly as the enlarged glans penis.
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