vas deferens

[ vas-def-uh-renz, -er-uhnz ]

noun,plural va·sa de·fe·ren·ti·a [vey-suh-def-uh-ren-shee-uh, -shuh]. /ˈveɪ sə ˌdɛf əˈrɛn ʃi ə, -ʃə/. Anatomy, Zoology.
  1. the duct that transports the sperm from the epididymis to the penis.

Origin of vas deferens

First recorded in 1880–85, vas deferens is from New Latin vās dēferēns literally, “vessel for carrying off.” See vas, deferent2

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British Dictionary definitions for vas deferens

vas deferens

/ (ˈvæs ˈdɛfəˌrɛnz) /

nounplural vasa deferentia (ˈveɪsə ˌdɛfəˈrɛnʃɪə)
  1. anatomy the duct that conveys spermatozoa from the epididymis to the urethra

Origin of vas deferens

C16: from New Latin, from Latin vās vessel + deferēns, present participle of deferre to bear away

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Scientific definitions for vas deferens

vas deferens

[ văs dĕfə-rĕnz′ ]

Plural vasa deferentia (zə dĕf′ə-rĕnshē-ə)
  1. Either of two ducts through which sperm passes from a testis to the outside of the body. In mammals, the vas deferens connects the testis to the urethra.

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