Urethral crest

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Urethral crest
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The male urethra laid open on its anterior (upper) surface. (Urethral crest labeled at upper right.)
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Dissection of prostate showing prostatic urethra and urethral crest on posterior wall.
Details
Latin crista urethralis urethrae masculinae, crista urethralis urethrae femininae
Identifiers
Gray's p.1234
Dorlands
/Elsevier
c_62/13538713
TA A09.2.03.004
A09.4.02.007
FMA FMA:85271
Anatomical terminology

The urethral crest is an anatomical feature present in the urinary system of both males and females.

In males, the urethral crest is known as the crista urethralis masculinae, or the crista phallica, and is a longitudinal fold on the posterior wall of the urethra extending from the uvula of the bladder through the prostatic urethra.[1] It is from 15 to 17 mm. in length, and about 3 mm. in height, and contains muscular and erectile tissue. When distended, it may serve to prevent the passage of the semen backward into the bladder.[2]

In females, it is known as the crista urethralis femininae, and is a conspicuous longitudinal fold of mucosa on the posterior wall of the urethra.[3]

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