processus vaginalis peritonei

pro·ces·sus va·gi·na·lis of per·i·to·ne·um

a peritoneal diverticulum in the embryonic lower anterior abdominal wall that traverses the inguinal canal; in the male it forms the tunica vaginalis testis and normally loses its connection with the peritoneal cavity; a persistent processus vaginalis in the female is known as the canal of Nuck.

processus vaginalis peritonei

[prəses′əs]
Etymology: L, processus, process, vagina, sheath; Gk, peri, around, teinein, to stretch
a diverticulum of the peritoneal membrane that during embryonic development extends through the inguinal canal. In males it descends into the scrotum to form the processus vaginalis testis; in females it is usually completely obliterated. Also called Nuck's canal, Nuck's diverticulum.
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1) The processus vaginalis peritonei (called canal of Nuck in the female) is a tubular fold of peritoneum that invaginates into the inguinal canal anterior to the gubernaculum and descending testis, forming the tunica vaginalis testis in male.

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