Müllerian duct

Dr Henry Knipe and Dr Jeremy Jones et al.

The Müllerian ducts (or paramesonephric ducts) are paired ducts of mesodermal origin in the embryo. They run laterally down the side of the urogenital ridge and terminate at the Müllerian eminence in the primitive urogenital sinus.

In the female, they will develop to form the uterine tubes, uterus, and the upper portion of the vagina; in the male, the vestigial remnant is the appendix testis.

They are named after Johannes Peter Müller (1801-1858), a pioneering German physiologist and comparative anatomist who described these ducts in his text "Bildungsgeschichte der Genitalien" in 1830.

Anatomy: Abdominopelvic

Anatomy: Abdominopelvic

Article information

rID: 6983
System: Gynaecology
Section: Anatomy
Tag: cases, refs, refs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Paramesonephric ducts
  • Müllerian ducts

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Cases and figures

  • Figure 1: Müllerian duct development
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