Medical Term:

Kürsteiner canals

Pronunciation: kēr′stīn-ĕr

Definition: a fetal complex of vesicular, canalicular, and glandlike structures derived from parathyroid, thymus, or thymic cord; they are rudimentary and functionless unless persistent postnatally, when they may occur as cystic structures in the vicinity of parathyroid III and thymus III. Kürsteiner described three types, type II canals are associated with thyroaplasia.

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