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Corpus albicans

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The corpus albicans, derived from the Latin term for "white body," refers to the whitish mass of dense fibrous connective tissue that forms in the ovary at the site of a corpus luteum following its regression.

The corpus luteum develops from an ovarian follicle once an ovum is released. It typically undergoes involution if the ovum remains unfertilized, or once the placenta is capable of producing sufficient progesterone and estrogen during pregnancy. As the corpus luteum deteriorates, its cells degenerate through autolysis, and are subsequently phagocytosed by macrophages and invaded by fibroblasts, leaving behind a temporary, functionless, collagen-filled scar.

The corpus albicans is primarily composed of collagen, with few fibroblasts and other cell types. Over time, it significantly reduces in size and typically becomes completely resorbed over a period of several months.

Terminology English: Corpus albicans
Synonym: Atretic corpus luteum

 Corpus albicans
Synonym: Corpus candicans
Definition Whitish connective tissue scar remnant of a degenerated corpus luteum
Function None

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