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Unformatted text preview: Cowper's (Bulbourethral) Glands The bulbourethral, or Cowper's, glands, are two small structures about the size of peas, which are located below the prostate gland. They are composed of many tubes whose linings secrete a fluid that is released in response to sexual stimulation to provide some lubrication to the end of the penis in preparation for sexual intercourse. Most of the lubricating, however, is provided by the female reproductive organs. Ductus Deferens The "ductus deferens" (also called the "vas deferens") is a muscular tube that begins at the lower end of the epididymis and passes upward along the side of the testis to become part of the spermatic cord. It passes through the inguinal canal, enters the abdominal cavity, and courses over the pelvic brim. From there, it extends back into the pelvic cavity, where it ends behind the urinary bladder. Near its termination, it becomes dilated into a portion called the "ampulla." Just outside the prostate gland, the tube becomes slender again and unites with the duct of a seminal...
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