Cryptorchidism


Cryptorchidism
: A condition in which one or both testicles fail to move from the abdomen, where they develop before birth, into the scrotum; also called undescended testicles. Boys who have had cryptorchidism that was not corrected in early childhood are at increased risk for developing cancer of the testicles.
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crypt·or·chi·dism -kə-.diz-əm also crypt·or·chism -.kiz-əm n a condition in which one or both testes fail to descend normally compare MONORCHIDISM

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n.
the condition in which the testes fail to descend into the scrotum and are retained within the abdomen or inguinal canal. The operation of orchidopexy is necessary to bring the testes into the scrotum before puberty in order to allow subsequent normal development; it is thought that the higher temperature in the abdomen interferes with sperm production.
cryptorchid adj. n.

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cryp·tor·chi·dism (krip-torґkĭ-diz″əm) a developmental defect characterized by failure of one or both of the testes to descend into the scrotum. Called also cryptorchism and undescended testis.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • cryptorchidism — A condition in which one or both testicles fail to move from the abdomen, where they develop before birth, into the scrotum. Cryptorchidism may increase the risk for development of testicular cancer. Also called undescended testicles …   English dictionary of cancer terms

  • cryptorchidism — also cryptorchism noun Date: circa 1882 a condition in which one or both testes fail to descend normally …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cryptorchidism — cryptorchid, adj. /krip tawr ki diz euhm/, n. Pathol. failure of one or both testes to descend into the scrotum. Also, cryptorchism /krip tawr kiz euhm/. [1880 85; < NL cryptorchidismus, equiv. to crypt CRYPTO + orchid ( < Gk orchid ; see ORCHID) …   Universalium

  • cryptorchidism — noun The failure of one or both testes to descend into the scrotum …   Wiktionary

  • cryptorchidism — n. failure of the testes to descend into the scrotum (Medicine) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cryptorchidism — noun Medicine a condition in which one or both of the testes fail to descend from the abdomen into the scrotum. Derivatives cryptorchid noun Origin C19: from crypto + Gk orkhis, orkhid testicle + ism …   English new terms dictionary

  • cryptorchidism — cryp·tor·chi·dism …   English syllables

  • cryptorchidism — cryptorchism; n. the condition in which the testes fail to descend into the scrotum and are retained within the abdomen or inguinal canal. The operation of orchidopexy is necessary to bring the testes into the scrotum before puberty in order to… …   The new mediacal dictionary


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