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[goo-ber-nak-yuh-luh m] /ˌgu bərˈnæk yə ləm/
noun, plural gubernacula
[goo-ber-nak-yuh-luh] /ˌgu bərˈnæk yə lə/ (Show IPA).
Anatomy, Zoology
a part or organ that directs the movement or course of another part.
1655-65; < New Latin, Latin gubernāculum rudder, equivalent to gubernā(re) to steer (see govern) + -culum -cule2
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gubernacular, adjective Unabridged
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  • In the inguinal crest a peculiar structure, the gubernaculum testis, makes its appearance.
gubernaculum in Medicine

gubernaculum gu·ber·nac·u·lum (gōō'bər-nāk'yə-ləm)
n. pl. gu·ber·nac·u·la (-lə)
A fibrous cord connecting two structures.

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