Corpus albicans

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Corpus albicans
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Human corpus albicans
Latin Corpus albicans
TA A09.1.01.016
FMA FMA:18620
Anatomical terminology

The corpus albicans (Latin for "whitening body"; also known as atretic corpus luteum, corpus candicans, or simply as albicans) is the regressed form of the corpus luteum. As the corpus luteum is being broken down by macrophages, fibroblasts lay down type I collagen, forming the corpus albicans. This process is called "luteolysis". The remains of the corpus albicans may persist as a scar on the surface of the ovary.


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