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Paired organ that connects the primitive kidney Wolffian body (or mesonephros) to the cloaca and serves as the anlage for certain male reproductive organs. the Wolffian duct is what remains of the pronephric duct after the atrophy of the pronephros[WP]. In Zebrafish: Duct of the adult kidney (mesonephros), present bilaterally ventral to the somites and leading to the cloacal chamber[ZFA]. [ http://zfin.org/curator https://github.com/obophenotype/uberon/issues/28 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mesonephric_duct ]

Synonyms: Wolffian duct

This is just here as a test because I lose it

Term information

database cross reference

uberon_slim, pheno_slim, vertebrate_core

latin term
ductus mesonephricus; ductus Wolffi [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mesonephric_duct ]




depicted by


development notes

In the male the Wolffian duct persists, and forms for example the epididymis, the ductus deferens, the ejaculatory duct, seminal vesicle and efferent ducts.

editor note

TODO - mesonephric portion of the nephric duct

Consider adding subclasses for male and female specific variants

external definition

The first-formed kidney duct, which drains the kidney of most anamniotes and becomes the ductus deferens of male amniotes. [Bemis_WE, Functional_Anatomy_of_the_Vertebrates:_An_Evolutionary_Perspective, Glossary_G-3, Grande_L, Liem_KF, Third_Edition_(2001)_Orlando_Fla.:_Harcourt_College_Publishers, Walker_WF][VHOG]

Anatomical structure consisting of either of a pair of longitudinal ducts which carry urine and in males, sperm, to the cloaca.[AAO]

has related synonym

renal duct

Leydig's duct

ductus mesonephricus; ductus Wolffi

archinephric duct

homology notes

(...) in all craniates, the archinephric duct develops in embryogeny.[well established][VHOG]