\kˈavənəs bˈɒdɪz], \kˈavənəs bˈɒdɪz], \k_ˈa_v_ə_n_ə_s b_ˈɒ_d_ɪ_z]\
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By William R. Warner
The corpus cavernosum is a kind of cylindrical sac, composed of cells; separated, through its whole extent, by a vertical, incomplete septum. Septum pectinifor'me, Trabec'ulae cor'porum cavernoso'rum, and forming nearly two-thirds of the penis. The corpus cavernosum, on each side, arises from the ascending portion of the ischium, and terminates obtusely behind the glans. The arteries of the corpora cavernosa come from the internal pudic. See Helicine Arteries. Nerves are found on the surface of the outer membrane, but they do not appear to penetrate the substance, and the smooth muscular fibre has been traced into the fibrous parietes of the cells, as in the case of all erectile tissues. J. Muller's researches have led him to infer, that both in man and the horse, the nerves of the corpora cavernosa are made up of branches proceeding from the organic as well as the animal system, whilst the nerves of animal life alone provide the nerves of sensation of the penis.
By Robley Dunglison
The corpora cavernosa.
By Willam Alexander Newman Dorland
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