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Anatomy Atlases: Atlas of Microscopic Anatomy: Section 1 - Cells Atlas of Microscopic Anatomy: Section 14 - Male Reproductive System

Plate 14.263 Testis: Periphery

Ronald A. Bergman, Ph.D., Adel K. Afifi, M.D., Paul M. Heidger, Jr., Ph.D.
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Plate 14.263 Testis: Periphery

Monkey, glutaraldehyde; 1.5 µm plastic-embedded section, H. & E., 84 x


The testis is enclosed by a robust dense white fibrous connective tissue capsule, the tunica albuginea, designated for its glistening white appearance in the unfixed state. Vascular elements pierce the tunica albuginea and travel within septa that are continuous with the intertubular connective tissue of the organ; posteriorly, the tunica albuginea is specialized as the mediastinum testis. Deep to the tunica, note the many profiles of seminiferous tubules, which are lined with the complex seminiferous epithelium. The epithelium is seen to better advantage in later plates at higher magnification.

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