When completing this chapter, the learner will be able to do the following:
- Identify the anatomy of the male reproductive system
- Describe the main functions of the male reproductive system
- Spell the male reproductive system medical terms and use correct abbreviations
- Identify the medical specialties associated with the male reproductive system
- Explore common diseases, disorders, and procedures related to the male reproductive system
Introduction to Male Reproductive System
The male reproductive system produces gametes. Gametes are the reproductive cells that combine to form a zygote and, later, an embryo and fetus. Organs called gonads produce the gametes along with the hormones that regulate human reproduction. The male gametes are called spermatozoa (sperm) and are produced by the testes. Spermatogenesis occurs within the seminiferous tubules that make up most of a testis. The scrotum is a sac that holds the testes outside of the body cavity.
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