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Corpus albicans

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Corpus albicans

"Albicans" redirects here. For other uses see
Corpus albicans
Human corpus albicans
Latin Corpus albicans
Anatomical terminology

The corpus albicans (Latin for "whitening body"; also known as atretic corpus luteum, corpus candicans, or simply as albicans) is the regressed form of the corpus luteum. As the corpus luteum is being broken down by macrophages, fibroblasts lay down type I collagen, forming the corpus albicans. This process is called "luteolysis". The remains of the corpus albicans may persist as a scar on the surface of the ovary.


  • "corpus albicans", Stedman's Online Medical Dictionary at Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

External links

  • Histology image: 97_03 at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

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