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crem·as·ter·ic fas·ci·a

intermediate coverings of the spermatic cord, formed of delicate connective tissue and of muscular fibers derived from the internal oblique muscle (cremaster muscle).
See also: aponeurosis of internal oblique muscle.


Etymology: Gk, kremastos, hanging
a thin muscular layer that spreads out over the spermatic cord in a series of loops. It is a continuation of the obliquus internus. The muscle arises from the inguinal ligament and inserts into the crest of the pubis and into the sheath of the rectus abdominis. It is innervated by the genital branch of the genitofemoral nerve and functions to draw the testis up toward the superficial inguinal ring in response to cold or to stimulation of the nerve.

cre·mas·ter mus·cle

(krē-mas'tĕr mŭs'ĕl) [TA]
Origin, from internal oblique muscle and inguinal ligament; insertion, cremasteric fascia (spermatic cord); action, raises testicle; nerve supply, genital branch of genitofemoral; in the male the muscle envelops the spermatic cord and testis; in the female, the round ligament of the uterus.
Synonym(s): musculus cremaster [TA] .
[G. kremastēr, a suspender, in pl. the muscles by which the testicles are retracted, fr. kremannymi, to hang]


A thin layer of muscle looping over the SPERMATIC CORD and continuous with the internal oblique muscle of the abdominal wall. Its action is to draw up the testicle.
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