Testis, light micrograph

Testis, light micrograph

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Caption: Light microscopy of the human testis. Seminiferous tubules are shown in section. Tubules are bordered by a well-defined peritubular tissue and they contain male germ cells and non-germinal Sertoli cells making up the seminiferous epithelium. Through the process of spermatogenesis, germ cells multiply and mature over a period of 70 days to produce spermatozoa. Between the tubules clusters of Leydig cells are noted. These cells secrete testosterone which stimulates spermatogenesis. Magnification x200 when printed at 10 cm.

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Keywords: biological, biology, histological, histology, human, human testis, leydig cell, light micrograph, male germ cells, male organ, male reproductive organ, reproductive organ, section, seminiferous epithelium, seminiferous tubule, sperm, spermatogenesis, testis

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