The Male Anatomy Glossary of Terms

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Abdominal: Relating to the abdomen, the belly, that part of the body that contains all of ...

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Anatomy: The study of human or animal form, by observation or examination of the living be...

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Antigen: A substance that the immune system perceives as being foreign or dangerous. The b...

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Benign: Not malignant. A benign tumor is one that does not invade surrounding tissue or sp...

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Benign prostatic hyperplasia: A common, noncancerous enlargement of the prostate gland. Th...

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Bladder: A hollow organ in the lower abdomen that stores urine. The kidneys filter waste f...

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BPH: Benign prostatic hyperplasia, benign prostatic hypertrophy.

Cancer: An abnormal growth of cells which tend to proliferate in an uncontrolled way and, ...

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Cell: The basic structural and functional unit of any living thing. Each cell is a small c...

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Corpora cavernosa: Two chambers that run the length of the penis and are filled with spong...

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Corpus: The body of the uterus.

Duct: A walled passageway, such as a lymph duct, that carries fluid from one place to anot...

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Ejaculation: Ejection of sperm and seminal fluid during an orgasm in a male.

Ejaculatory duct: A canal in the male formed by union of the vas deferens and the duct fro...

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Epididymis: A structure within the scrotum that is attached to the back side of the testis...

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Gland: A group of cells that secrete a substance for use in the body. For example, the thy...

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Glans: 1) The glans penis, the rounded head of the penis. 2) The rounded head of the clit...

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Hormone: A chemical substance produced in the body that controls and regulates the activit...

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Hyperplasia: An increase in the number of normal cells in a tissue or an organ. Hyperplasi...

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Kidney: One of a pair of organs located in the right and left side of the abdomen. The kid...

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Kidney stone: A stone in the kidney or a stone that originates in the kidney but has passe...

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Longitudinal: Along the length of something; running lengthwise or, by extension, over the...

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Longitudinal section: A section that is cut along the long axis of a structure. Longitudin...

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Muscle: Muscle is the tissue of the body which primarily functions as a source of power. T...

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Nocturia: Excessive urinating at night. Nocturia can be normal and more common with aging....

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Pelvic: Having to do with the pelvis, the lower part of the abdomen, located between the h...

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Penis: The external male sex organ. The penis contains two chambers, the corpora cavernosa...

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Prostate: A gland within the male reproductive system that is located just below the blad...

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Prostate cancer: A malignant tumor of the prostate, the gland that produces some of the co...

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Prostate gland: A gland in the male reproductive system that is located just below the bla...

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Prostate specific antigen: Widely known as PSA. See: PSA.

PSA: Prostate specific antigen. A test for PSA may be used to screen for cancer of the p...

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Reproduction: The production of offspring. Reproduction need not be sexual; for example, y...

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Reproductive system: In women, the organs that are directly involved in producing eggs and...

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Scrotum: The pouch of skin that contains the testes, epididymides, and lower portions of t...

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Semen: The fluid that is released through the penis during orgasm. Semen is made up of flu...

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Sperm: A sperm is the male "gamete" or sex cell. It combines with the female &qu...

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Testes: Plural of testis.

Testicles: The testicles (also called testes or gonads) are the male sex glands. They are ...

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Testosterone: A "male hormone" -- a sex hormone produced by the testes that encourages th...

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Urethra: The tube that leads from the bladder and transports and discharges urine outside ...

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Urinary: Having to do with the function or anatomy of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, or ur...

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Urine: Liquid waste produced by the kidneys. Urine is a clear, transparent fluid that norm...

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Vas deferens: The tube that connects the testes with the urethra. The vas deferens is a co...

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Vesicles: In dermatology, vesicles are small blisters, most often on the skin. Vesicles al...

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