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Wolffian duct (Caspar Friedrich Wolff)

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The embryonic duct of the mesonephros, from mesonephros to cloaca. It consists of a pair of tubules draining the mesonephric tubules, leading urine from primitive or embryonic kidneys to the outside or to a primitive bladder. In the male it becomes the vas deferens and in both sexes gives rise to the ureter. Persistent rests make up rudimentary Gartner's duct.

See also Gartner's duct, or ductus epoophri longitudinalis, under Hermann Treschow Gartner, Danish surgeon and anatomist, 1785-1827.


  • K. F. Wolff:
    Theoria generationis. Doctoral dissertation, Halle and der Saale, 1759.

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