Structure and function of the ductuli efferentes: A review

@article{Ilio1994StructureAF,
  title={Structure and function of the ductuli efferentes: A review},
  author={Kenneth Yerro Ilio and Rex A. Hess},
  journal={Microscopy Research and Technique},
  year={1994},
  volume={29}
}
  • K. Ilio, R. Hess
  • Published 15 December 1994
  • Biology
  • Microscopy Research and Technique
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It was concluded that transport in vesicles and vacuoles could not account for the rate of fluid reabsorption and that the main mechanism of transport probably involves the coupling of water and active salt transport.
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On the basis of evidence available, it is assumed that a considerable volume of fluid is required to transfer mature sperm from their point of origin in the seminiferous tubules to the excurrent duct system, and that the ducts comprising the first portion of this system, especially the ductuli efferentes, absorb that portion of fluid which is not necessary for propulsion of the sperm mass through the ducting of the epididymis proper.
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Although the vestigial organs and ductuli efferentes were similar in epithelial height and epithelial cell types, there were important morphological differences that were reliably used to differentiate between the two.
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