[L. ductus, conveyance (for water)]
1. A narrow tubular vessel or channel, esp. one that conveys secretions from a gland.
2. A narrow enclosed channel containing a fluid, e.g., the semicircular duct of the ear.
accessory pancreatic duct
A duct of the pancreas leading into the main pancreatic duct or into the duodenum at the minor duodenal papilla.
SYN: SEE: duct of Santorini
SEE: Thoracic duct
A branch of a respiratory bronchiole that leads directly to the alveolar sacs of the lungs.
SEE: alveolus for illus
Any of the intercellular ducts that convey bile from the liver to the hepatic duct, which joins the duct from the gallbladder (cystic duct) to form the common bile duct (ductus choledochus), and which enters the duodenum about 3 in (7.6 cm) below the pylorus.
SYN: SEE: biliary duct; SEE: ductus choledochusSEE: common bile duct;
SEE: Bile duct.
SEE: Ductus arteriosus.
A short spiral bony canal forming the outer wall the cochlea within the petrous portion of the temporal bone of the skull.
SYN: SEE: ductus cochlearis; SEE: cochlear canal; SEE: scala media
common bile duct
The duct that carries bile and pancreatic juice to the duodenum. It is formed by the union of the cystic duct of the gallbladder and the hepatic duct of the liver and is joined by the main pancreatic duct.
SYN: SEE: ductus choledochus
SEE: bile duct; SEE: biliary tract for illus
The secretory duct of the gallbladder. It unites with the hepatic duct from the liver to form the common bile duct.
SEE: biliary tract for illus
Any of a group of 12 to 14 small tubes that constitute the efferent ducts of the testis. They lie within the epididymis and connect the rete testis with the ductus epididymidis. Their coiled portions constitute the lobuli epididymidis.
The duct that conveys sperm from the vas deferens and secretions from the seminal vesicle to the urethra.
In the embryo, a tubular projection of the otocyst ending in a blind extremity, the endolymphatic sac. In the adult, it connects the endolymphatic sac with the utricle and saccule of the inner ear.
duct of the epoöphoron
Any duct that conveys a waste product from an organ, such as the collecting duct of the renal tubule.
SEE: Gartner, Hermann
Any of several short, narrow ducts that lie between the secretory ducts and the terminal alveoli in the parotid and submandibular glands and in the pancreas.
A duct passing between lobules within a gland, e.g., one of the ducts carrying bile.
left hepatic duct
The duct that originates in the left lobe of the liver, unites with the right hepatic duct to form the hepatic duct, and drains the left and caudate lobes.
Any of the small excretory ducts of the lacrimal glands.
Any of 15 to 20 ducts that drain the lobes of the mammary gland. Each opens in a slight depression in the tip of the nipple.
SYN: SEE: milk duct
Either of two main ducts conveying lymph to the bloodstream: the left lymphatic (thoracic) and the right lymphatic duct, which drains lymph from the right side of the body above the diaphragm. It discharges into the right subclavian vein. It is smaller than the left lymphatic duct.SEE: thoracic duct;
DRAINAGE AREAS FOR LYMPHATIC DUCTS
main pancreatic duct
The duct that conveys pancreatic juice to the common bile duct and duodenum.
SYN: SEE: duct of Wirsung
SEE: Wolffian duct.
SEE: Lactiferous duct.
Either of the bilateral embryonic tubes from which the uterine tubes, uterus, and vagina develop in the female but atrophy in the male.
SYN: SEE: Müller duct
A membranous duct that runs in the nasolacrimal canal and drains tears from the lacrimal sac to the nasal cavity. It opens beneath the inferior nasal concha.
SEE: Vitelline duct
Any of the large ducts formed by the uniting of the collecting tubules of the kidney; it empties into the renal pelvis.
papillary duct of Bellini
SEE: Bellini, Lorenzo
The genital duct in the embryo. In females it develops into the oviducts, uterus, and vagina; in males it degenerates to form the appendix testis.
SEE: Skene duct.
The duct leading from the parotid gland to the oral cavity.
SYN: SEE: Stensen duct
One of about 20 ducts that discharge prostatic secretion into the urethra.
SYN: SEE: ductus prostaticus
right hepatic duct
The duct that originates in the right lobe of the liver, unites with the left hepatic duct to form the hepatic duct, and drains the right right and caudate lobes.
duct of Rivinus
SEE: Rivinus, August
Any of the ducts that drain a salivary gland.
duct of Santorini
Any of the smaller ducts of a gland.
One of a pair of embryonic ducts located between the visceral and parietal layers of the mesoblast on each side of the body.
One of three membranous ducts forming a part of the vestibular labyrinth of the inner ear. They lie within the semicircular canals and bear corresponding names: anterior, posterior, and lateral. The semicircular ducts originate from the utricle as a single common tube (crus communale). The three ducts then branch, and each follows the course of a different bony semicircular canal. At their far ends the ducts widen into an ampulla that contains a specialized endothelium that is sensitive to motion of the endolymph. Axons from receptor cells in these sensory epithelia transmit motion information to the brain via the vestibular division of the vestibulococchlear nerve (CN VIII).
SEE: labyrinth for illus.
Any of the ducts that convey sperm, specifically the ductus deferens and the ejaculatory duct.
SEE: Skene, Alexander
SEE: Stensen, Niels
Any of a class of ducts within the lobules of glands, esp. salivary glands, that contain radially appearing striations within the cells, denoting the presence of mitochondria.
Any of the secretory ducts of the sublingual gland.
SEE: Bartholin duct
A duct that conveys tears. These include secretory ducts of lacrimal glands, and lacrimal and nasolacrimal ducts.
SEE: Spermatic duct.
The main lymphatic duct, originating at the cisterna chyli. It passes upward through the diaphragm into the thorax and continues upward along the aorta and esophagus to the neck, where it turns to the left and enters the left subclavian vein near its junction with the left internal jugular vein. It receives lymph from all parts of the body except the right side of the head, neck, thorax, and upper extremity.
SYN: SEE: alimentary duct
SEE: lymphatic system for illus
In the embryo, a duct that connects the thyroid diverticulum with the tongue. It sometimes persists as a postpartum anomaly, most often in the form of thyroglossal duct cysts.
SEE: Vitelline duct
A narrow duct emanating from the utricle, connecting it to the saccule, and opening into the endolymphatic duct of the inner ear.
SYN: SEE: ductus utriculosaccularis
In the embryo, the duct leading from the mesonephros to the cloaca. From it develops the ductus epididymis, ductus deferens, seminal vesicle, ejaculatory duct, ureter, and pelvis of the kidney.
SYN: SEE: mesonephric duct.
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