Anatomy & Physiology Reproductive #17

Question

Which reproductive structure is the male copulatory organ?

Answers

  1. Penis
    • Rationale:

      The penis is the male copulatory as it is used to deposit sperm directly into the female reproductive tract.

  2. Testis
    • Rationale:

      The testis is the organ that produces spermatozoa. It is not, however, the male copulatory organ.

  3. Urethra
    • Rationale:

      Sperm escapes the penis via the urethra. It is not, however, the male copulatory organ.

  4. Scrotum
    • Rationale:

      The scrotum is a pouch of skin that contains the testicles. It is not, however, the male copulatory organ.

Overview

Copulatory organ is defined as the organ that is used by a male to deposit sperm directly into the female reproductive tract.

Explanation

Learning Outcomes

Sexual reproduction is defined as the production of new living organisms by combining genetic information from two individuals, a male and a female. In order for sexual reproduction to occur, intercourse (i.e., copulation) must occur. The male copulatory organ, therefore, is the penis.

Test Taking Tip

Consider each male reproductive structure and ask yourself, “Which answer choice is used by the male to deposit sperm directly into a female during sexual intercourse?”

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