Tunica albuginea of testis

Tunica albuginea of testis

A diagram of the major components of an adult human testicle, including the following numbered items: 1. Tunica albuginea, 2. Septula testis, 3. Lobulus testis, 4. Mediastinum testis, 5. Tubuli seminiferi contorti, 6. Tubuli seminiferi recti, 7. Rete testis, 8. Ductuli efferentes testis, 9a. Head of epididymis, 9b. Body of epididymis, 9.c Tail of epididymis,10. Vas deferens, 11a. Tunica vaginalis (parietal lamina), 11b. Tunica vaginalis (visceral lamina), and 12. Cavity of tunica vaginalis.

Section of a testicle of a bull, blood vessels injected with red gelatine. 1 parenchyma, 2 mediastinum testis, 3 tunica albuginea, 4 tail of epididymis, 5 head of epididymis, 6 spermatic cord with convoluted testicular artery
Latin tunica albuginea testis

Anatomical terminology

For other structures with the same name, see Tunica albuginea.

The tunica albuginea (/ˈtnɪkə ˌælbəˈɪnə/ US dict: tōō'·nĭ·kə ăl'·bə·jĭn'·ē·ə) is the fibrous covering of the testis. It is a dense blue-grey membrane, composed of bundles of white fibrous tissue, from which it derives its name albuginea (wiktionary:albuginea), which interlace in every direction.

The tunica albuginea is covered by the tunica vaginalis, except at the points of attachment of the epididymis to the testis, and along its posterior border, where the spermatic vessels enter the gland.

The tunica albuginea is applied to the tunica vasculosa over the glandular substance of the testis, and, at its posterior border, is reflected into the interior of the gland, forming an incomplete vertical septum, called the mediastinum testis (corpus Highmori).

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This article incorporates text in the public domain from the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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