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Male Reproductive System

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Male Reproductive System

Biology

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You get to discover the major systems that allow the male body to function properly, and learn the important roles that each of these systems play. Some diseases and limitations of the human body are also discussed.

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Now You Know

After completing this tutorial, you will be able to complete the following:

  • Identify the major structures of the male reproductive system.
  • Explain how sperm is produced.

Everything You'll Have Covered

What is the main purpose of the male reproductive system?

~ The main purpose of the male reproductive system is to produce and transport sperm to the female reproductive system.

What is the function of the scrotum?

~ The scrotum serves to protect the testes from outside interference and keep them at the ideal temperature for the production of sperm.

What happens to new sperm cells after they have been produced?

~ When new sperm cells are produced, they first mature in the epididymis. Once the sperm cells are fully matured, they are transported to the urethra through the vas deferens.

How do the seminal vesicle, prostate, and Cowper's gland assist in reproduction?

~ The seminal vesicle produces a mucus-like substance with a high sugar content that is used as a source of energy for the sperm. The prostate produces a lubricant that aids movement of the sperm. The Cowper's gland produces a fluid that protects the sperm from the acidic environment of the urethra.

Tutorial Details

Approximate Time 2 Minutes
Pre-requisite Concepts Students should be familiar with the terms: biology, Cowper’s gland, and epididymis.
Course Biology
Type of Tutorial Animation
Key Vocabulary biology, Cowper’s gland, epididymis