[ ep-i-did-uh-mis ]
/ ˌɛp ɪˈdɪd ə mɪs /
noun, plural ep·i·di·dym·i·des [ep-i-di-dim-i-deez, -did-uh-mi-] /ˌɛp ɪ dɪˈdɪm ɪˌdiz, -ˈdɪd ə mɪ-/. Anatomy.
an elongated organ on the posterior surface of a testis that stores sperm while they mature and constitutes the convoluted beginning of the vas deferens.
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See also vas efferens.
OTHER WORDS FROM epididymisep·i·did·y·mal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for epididymides
/ (ˌɛpɪˈdɪdɪmɪs) /
noun plural -didymides (-dɪˈdɪmɪˌdiːz)
anatomy a convoluted tube situated along the posterior margin of each testis, in which spermatozoa are stored and conveyed to the vas deferens
Derived forms of epididymisepididymal, adjective
Word Origin for epididymis
C17: from Greek epididumis, from epi- + didumos twin, testicle; see didymous
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Medical definitions for epididymides
[ ĕp′ĭ-dĭd′ə-mĭs ]
n. pl. ep•i•did•y•mi•des (-mĭ-dēz′)
A long, narrow, convoluted tube in the spermatic duct system that lies on the posterior aspect of each testicle and connects with the vas deferens.
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