Section 1

objectives

• Identify the major structures of the male reproductive system.

• Describe the function of each structure of the male reproductive system.

• Relate the structure of a human sperm cell to its function.

• Trace the path that sperm follow in leaving the body.

vocabulary testis seminiferous tubule scrotum epididymis vas deferens seminal vesicle prostate gland bulbourethral gland semen penis ejaculation figure 51-1

Sperm are formed continuously within the seminiferous tubules, which make up the bulk of each testis. Before leaving the body, sperm mature and are stored in each epididymis.

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