Inguinal canal

Latin term: [no-glossary]canalis inguinalis[/no-glossary]. A canal measuring 4 to 5 cm long, running in the inguinal region through the abdominal wall. It originates at the internal inguinal ring and leads into the external inguinal ring. The lymph vessels and, in the male, the spermatic cord with the seminal duct and, in the female, the round ligament of the uterus pass through the [no-glossary]inguinal canal[/no-glossary].