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Rete testis

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The rete testis is an interconnected network of small tubes located in the mediastinum of the testis. It contains sperm cells that travel from the testicle to the epididymis

The tubes from the rete testis originate from the seminiferous tubules. The seminiferous tubules are long and highly coiled channels that run from the periphery towards the mediastinum testis. Their epithelium consists of Sertoli cells that facilitate the maturation and differentiation of germ cells of mature spermatozoa.

Prior to entering the mediastinum, the channels transform into short and straight tubules called the tubuli recti. The tubuli recti are lined with cuboidal epithelium. Within the mediastinum, the tubuli recti anastomose and form the rete testis. The tubules from the rete testis are lined with simple squamous epithelium

Terminology English: Rete testis
Latin: Rete testis
Definition Interconnected network of tubes in the mediastinum testis. 
Function Transferring the sperm cells from the testicle to the epididymis
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