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Rete Testis
Urogenital System

Rete Testis

Rete testis

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Key Features/ Anatomical Relations

The rete testis is thin interconnected network of tubules within the mediastinum testis.

Function

The rete testis coalesces to form seven to fifteen efferent ductules, which carry immature sperm into the head of the epididymis (Standring, 2016).

References

Standring, S. (2016) Gray's Anatomy: The Anatomical Basis of Clinical Practice. Gray's Anatomy Series 41 edn.: Elsevier Limited.

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