cryptorchism


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cryptorchism

[krip′tȯr‚kiz·əm]
(medicine)
Failure of the testes to descend into the scrotum from the abdomen or inguinal canals. Also known as cryptorchidism.
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[H]e used to say in the ambiguous style of an oracle, that there were in the story of his life these three paradoxes: Though he was a Gaul he led the life of a Hellene; a eunuch, he had been tried for adultery; he had quarreled with an Emperor and was still alive." (12) Philostratus has little interest in the distinction between a eunuch and a hermaphrodite, much less in the etiological speculations of modern classicists (an ancient case of cryptorchism? or Reifenstein's syndrome?).
Approximately 5% of testicular tumors develop in a patient with a history of cryptorchism, with seminoma being the most common.