Definition of Inguinal canal

1. Noun. Oblique passage through the lower abdominal wall; in males it is the passage through which the testes descend into the scrotum and it contains the spermatic cord; in females it transmits the round ligament of the uterus.

Exact synonyms: Canalis Inguinalis
Generic synonyms: Canal, Channel, Duct, Epithelial Duct

Medical Definition of Inguinal canal

1. A passage in the lower anterior abdominal wall which in the male allows passage of the spermatic cord and in the female contains the round ligament. Because of the weakness it creates in the abdominal wall, it is the most frequent site for a hernia. (12 Dec 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Inguinal Canal

ingrown hair
ingrown hairs
ingrown nail
ingrown toenail
inguinal branches of external pudendal arteries
inguinal crest
inguinal fossa
inguinal glands
inguinal ligament of the kidney
inguinal plexus
inguinal triangle
inguinal trigone
inguinocrural hernia

Literary usage of Inguinal canal

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1. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"In the abdominal wall the cord passes obliquely along the inguinal canal, lying at first between the Internal oblique and upon the fascia transversalis ..."

2. Cunningham's Manual of Practical Anatomy by Daniel John Cunningham, Arthur Robinson (1914)
"Such hernin:, because they do not pass obliquely along the inguinal canal but more directly through its posterior wall, are called by the surgeon direft ..."

3. Anatomy, Descriptive and Applied by Henry Gray (1913)
"... is continued around the cord and t«^'Si enclosing them in a distinct covering. The inguinal canal (canalis ..."

4. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1887)
"The sac is carefully separated, not only from the entire inguinal canal, but also from the abdominal aspects of the circumference of the internal ring. ..."

5. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics by The American College of Surgeons, Franklin H. Martin Memorial Foundation (1920)
"In this article he discussed the weak points of the Bassini operation; viz., the possibility of recurrence at (1) the lower angle of the inguinal canal, ..."

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