Corpus spongiosum (also known as corpus cavernosum urethrae in older texts) is the mass of spongy tissue surrounding the male urethra within the penis. [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corpus_spongiosum_penis ]

Synonyms: spongiose body of penis

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Term information

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function notes

The function of the corpus spongiosum in erection is to prevent the urethra from pinching closed, thereby maintaining the urethra as a viable channel for ejaculation. To do this, the corpus spongiosum remains pliable during erection while the corpora cavernosum penis becomes engorged with blood.

has related synonym

corpus spongiosum

corpus cavernosum urethrae

corpus cavernosum urethra

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UBERON:0011183