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  Undescended testicles



Undescended testicles

    When one or both of the testes don't descend into the scrotum. Many times the condition corrects itself; other cases need to be surgically corrected so as not to lead to infertility or testicular cancer.

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Testes
The pair of male glands, contained in the scrotum, that produce sperm.

Scrotum
The bag or sac that hangs below the penis and houses the testicles or balls.

Condition
The term "condition" has a number of biomedical meanings including the following: 1.An unhealthy state, such as in "this is a progressive condition." 2.A state of fitness, such as "getting into condition." 3.Something that is essential to the occurrence of something else; essentially a "precondition." 4.As a verb: to cause a change in something so that a response that was previously associated with a certain stimulus becomes associated with another stimulus; to condition a person, as in behavioral conditioning.

Infertility
The diminished or absent ability to conceive or produce an offspring while sterility is the complete inability to conceive or produce an offspring.

Cancer
Any malignant growth or tumor caused by abnormal and uncontrolled cell division; it may spread to other parts of the body through the lymphatic system or the blood stream.



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A skin condition, commonly known as hives, an itchy skin eruption characterized by weals with pale interiors and well-defined red margins; usually the result of an allergic response to insect bites or food or drugs.

Undifferentiated
Not having developed into a specialized cell or tissue type.

Unipotent stem cell
A stem cell that both divides and gives rise to a single mature cell type, such as a spermatogenic stem cell, which only gives rise to sperm.

Umbilical cord
A cord of tissue connecting the fetus to the placenta that carries oxygen and nutrients to the fetus and transports waste products away. At birth, an umbilical cord, which contains two arteries and one large vein, can be as long as 4 feet.

Umbilical hernia
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Undescended testicles

Universal birth number
An identification number assigned to a newborn by a state's office of vital statistics. Includes the date of birth, the area code of the birth site, and a registration number.

Ulcerated
Having a local defect or excavation of the epithelium of an organ or tissue through the basement membrane.

Umbilicated
Marked by depressed spots resembling the umbilicus.

Umbilicus
The scar marking the site of entry of the umbilical cord into the fetus. It is inconspicuous in most domestic species.

Unilateral
Affecting only one side.

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