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Chapter 3 Notes and Vocab

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Chapter 3 Notes and Vocab

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Chapter 3 Notes and Vocab
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Lisa Brown
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Male Reproductive Anatomy and Physiology Chapter 3 Notes External anatomy: the penis  External anatomy: o Penis o Scrotum  Functions: o Expel urine o Deposit sperm in the vagina for fertilization o Sexual pleasure  Physical aspects: o Soft and hangs between the legs when unaroused o Hardens and erect when aroused o Skin is very loose o Slight curve  Shaft o Physical aspects:  Body of the penis  Includes the urethra o Functions:  Passes sperm and urine  Includes muscles  Glans o Physical aspects:  Tip of penis  Includes urethral opening  Set apart from shaft by the corona  Covered by foreskin (in uncircumcised males) o Functions:  Most sensitive structure  The foreskin o Partially covers the glans (head of the penis) o Function:  Keeps glans soft and protects from trauma  Sexual pleasure (many sensory receptors) o Removed 1-2 days after birth in the US  60% of boys in America  More common in white males o Debate  Popular during Victorian era (decreases masturbation and homosexuality)  Hygienic reasons: avoid smegma and infection  Religion  Sexual satisfaction External anatomy: the scrotum  Physical aspects o Sac located beneath penis o Contains testicles (testes) o Sparsely covered in hair o Outside of body cavity Body temperature - 98.6 degrees   Sperm production - 93 degrees  Functional aspects o Production of sperm o Sweat glands o Muscle fibers  Contract and relax Internal male anatomy:  The testicles (testes)  The ejaculatory pathway  The seminal glands The testicles  Physical aspects o Drop from abdominal cavity before birth o Suspended in scrotum o Equal in size o One hangs lower than the other  Right handed - left is lower  Functional aspects o Gonads (same tissue as ovaries) o Produce sperm  Millions of sperm start production each day o Produce male hormones The duct system  Intricate system of canals  Sperm production: o Testicles o Epididymus o Vans deferens o Ejaculatory duct o Prostate gland o Urethra  During orgasm: o Sperm pushed into ducts o Mixed with seminal and fluid to form semen The prostate gland  Physical aspects o In front of rectum, below bladder o Found only in men o Surrounds top of urethra and neck of bladder  Functional aspects o Production of seminal fluid o Secretes antibiotic o Sexual pleasure The Cowper's glands  Physical aspects o Two pea-sized glands o Beneath prostate gland  Functional aspects o Secrete alkaline fluid (pre-ejaculatory fluid) o Neutralized acidity of urethra in men o Often contains sperm Male Hormones  Endocrine system  Testosterone Hormones  Chemicals released into the bloodstream  Responsible for: o Growth o Metabolism o Water retention o Reaction to stress o Development and maintenance of reproductive system o Influences sexual behaviors The endocrine system  Network of glands that secrete hormones  Includes testicles and ovaries  Adrenal glands: produce small amounts of o Testosterone o Estrogen o Progesterone Testosterone  Functions: o Secondary sex characteristics development  Broad shoulders  Body/facial hair  Deep voice o Assists in sperm production o Sexual desire o Sexual activity Testosterone: fact or fiction?  Determines masculinity?  Increases human aggression? o Testosterone fluctuates daily, monthly, seasonally, and over the life span o Highest: night/in the morning, midsummer - autumn  Testosterone causes increase in sexual desire? o Increase in sexual activity from age 12-14 o Decrease around age 40 o Sexually active men have high levels o Men with low testosterone have little sexual desire Sperm  Chromosomes contain genes  46 chromosomes total (23 from sperm)  23 chromosome is the sex chromosome o X chromosome - female o Y chromosome - male  Half of man's sperm have X chromosome; half have Y chromosome  Eggs only have X chromosome  Female: XX  Male: XY  Sperm production takes approximately 100 days Sperm development  Age 30-50: decrease in motility, volume, percentage of normal sperm  Low sperm count/motility causes o Stress o Vitamin deficiencies o Drug use - marijuana, cocaine, caffeine o Environmental pollutants  Car exhaust - motility  Herbicides/pesticides - low sperm count Chapter 3 Vocabulary Penis - from the Latin word for "tail," the penis is the external male genitalia Scrotum - the pouch of skin that holds the testicles Glans - from the Latin for "acorn," the glans is the enlarged head of the penis Corona - the raised edge of the penis that separates the glans from the shaft Meatus - the opening at the tip of the glans Frenulum - the thin strip of flesh on the underside of the penis that connects the shaft to the glans Foreskin/prepuce - the fold of skin that covers the head of the penis in uncircumcised males Smegma - a think and malodorous substance that can accumulate under the foreskin in uncircumcised men Circumcision - the surgical removal of the foreskin of the penis Corpora cavernosa - two cylinders of erectile tissue that run along to upper part of the penis Corpus spongiosum - erectile tissue that runs along the underside of the penis and encloses the urethra Urethra - tubular structure that serves as a passageway for both urine and semen Crura - the inner branches of the penile shaft Kegel exercises - exercises that involve the clenching and unclenching of the muscles of the pelvic floor Perineum - the sensitive skin between the genitals and the anus Pubic hair - the hair, often somewhat coarse and stuff, that grows in the pubic region just above the external genitals Testes - the male gonad that produces sperm and testosterone Gonad - the reproductive organ that produces gametes Gamete - the male or female reproductive cell - the sperm or egg Spermatic cord - the cord like structure containing blood vessels, nerves, and the vas deferens that runs from the abdomen down to each testicle Cryptorchidism - undescended testicles Seminiferous tubules - long convoluted tubes in the testes where sperm is produced Sertoli cells - supportive cells that secrete hormones, nurture developing sperm, and form the blood-testes barrier Interstitial cells of Leydig - cells that synthesize and secrete testosterone and other androgens, interstitial is a medical term that means no stand between, interstitial cells of Leydig are found between the seminiferous tubules of the testes Epididymis - the portion of the ejaculatory pathway where sperm from each epididymis to the ejaculatory duct Ampulla - the sac-like swelling at the end of each vas deferens and the urethra Vasectomy - the cutting of the vas deferentia to prevent sperm from entering the ejaculate Ejaculate - when used as a noun, it is another work for semen Ejaculatory duct - the part of the ejaculatory pathway that passes through the prostate and connects the vas deferens and the urethra Seminal fluid - the white milky substance produced by the seminal vesicles, prostate gland, and Cowper's gland that provides nutrition and protection for the sperm Semen - the fluid released during ejaculation, which is made up of sperm and seminal fluid Seminal vesicles - two glands that produce a thick, alkaline secretion that makes up most of semen Prostate gland - a gland that surrounds the urethra, which produces a fluid that is added to semen Cowper's glands/bulbourethral glands - add a small amount of fluid to the volume of semen Hormone - a chemical substances that is produced in one organ and carried through the bloodstream to affect another part of the body Endocrine system - a glandular system that produces hormones Positive feedback - a control mechanism by which a change sets off a response that increases the initial change Negative feedback - a control mechanism by which a change sets off a response that counteracts the initial change Gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) - hypothalamic hormone that stimulates the pituitary gland to release luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) Luteinizing hormone (LH) - a pituitary hormone that causes the production and release of testosterone in males Hypothalamus - a part of the brain involved in hormone release, biological rhythms, emotions, and sex drive Pituitary gland - produces hormones that control other glands and many bodily functions including growth, metabolism, and reproduction Homeostasis - maintenance of the body's stable internal environment Testosterone - produced by the tests and in small amounts by the ovaries, the hormone stimulates development of male sexual characteristics, bone and muscle growth, and libido Androgens - a family of hormones that promote and maintain male physical characteristics Secondary sexual characteristics - traits (other than those that are part of the reproductive system) that distinguish males and females Adrenal glands - a pair of glands that sit atop the kidneys and produce androgens, as well ass hormones that control metabolism, fluid balance, and blood pressure Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) - a potent male hormone involved in prenatal development of the penis and scrotum Estradiol - one of the "female" hormones responsible for female sex characteristics, as well as reproductive, bone, and brain development in both sexes Andropause - also called androgen deficiency in aging males (ADAM), andropause is a gradual decline in a man's energy and sex drive caused by diminished levels of androgens that occur with aging Anabolic - the metabolic process of building tissue Angrogenic - relate to the development or maintenance of masculine characteristics Steroid - a type of lipid molecule with a multiple-ring structure Sperm - the male gamete Acrosome - the enzyme-containing cap on the head of the sperm Chromosome - a component in the nucleus of the cell that contain genes Gene - a sequence of DNA that gives information for making proteins Autosome - one of 22 pairs of non-sex chromosomes Sex chromosome - the X and Y chromosomes Spermatogenesis - the production of sperm Spermatogonia - a stem cell that will become a sperm Primary spermatocyte - an immature male germ cell containing 46 chromosomes Secondary spermatocyte - an immature male germ cell containing 46 chromosomes Meiosis - the process of cell division in the egg and sperm Spermatid - an immature sperm cell with 23 chromosomes Spermatozoa - a mature sperm cell Androgen-binding protein - a substance, produced by Sertoli cells, that binds testosterone Hypospadias - a congenital condition in which the urethra opens on the underside of the penis rather than at the end Chordee - a downward curvature of the penis, often associated with hypospadias Peyronie's disease - curvature of the penis caused by the growth of fibrous scar tissue Phimosis - a tight, non-retractable foreskin Priapism - a prolonged and often painful erection Varicocele - a dilated vein in the spermatic cord Prostatitis - an inflammation of the prostate gland, usually caused by bacteria Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)- an enlargement of the prostate gland, not related to infection or cancer Prostate specific antigen (PSA) - a protein produced by the prostate; PSA levels are elevated with prostate cancer and BPH


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