gubernaculum

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gubernaculum

[‚gü·bər′nak·yə·ləm]
(anatomy)
A guiding structure, as the fibrous cord extending from the fetal testes to the scrotal swellings.
(invertebrate zoology)
A posterior flagellum of certain protozoans.
A sclerotized structure associated with the copulatory spicules of certain nematodes.
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Favorito, "Structural study of gubernaculum testis in fetuses with prune belly syndrome," Journal of Urology, vol.
Fentener van Vliddingen JM, Koch CA, Delpech B, Wensing CJ: Growth and differentiation of the gubernaculum testis during testicular descent in the pig: changes in the extracellular matrix, DNA content, and hyaluronidase, beta-glucuronidase, and beta-N- acetylglucosaminidase activities.
Lenhossek (1886)[9] was the first to suggest that this type of testicular ectopia is caused by an abnormal gubernaculum testis. Frey also noted that defective ipsilateral gubernacular development might predispose to crossed testicular ectopia.