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Epididymis: from lead player to side issue?

M. H. Fourie, M. S. Bornman, J. M. C. Oosthuizen
Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Natuurwetenskap en Tegnologie | Vol 16, No 1 | a657 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/satnt.v16i1.657 | © 1997 M. H. Fourie, M. S. Bornman, J. M. C. Oosthuizen | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 July 1997 | Published: 11 July 1997

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M. H. Fourie,, South Africa
M. S. Bornman,, South Africa
J. M. C. Oosthuizen,, South Africa

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During epididymal transit, sperm acquire the capacity for fertilization and progressive motility. The epididymis is functionally and mechanically indispensable for in vivo fertilization, but technology has progressed rapidly in the field of in vitro fertilization. Modern sperm-injection techniques have dispensed with the epididymis as a necessity in the treatment of individual infertile couples.


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