Perineal raphe

The perineal raphe is a visible line or ridge of tissue on the human body that extends from the anus through the perineum. It is found in both males and females, and arises from the fusion of the urogenital folds.

Perineal raphe
fetal development of external male genitalia from the indifferent external structure creating the perineal raphe - weeks 9 to 12
Precursorurogenital folds
Latinraphe perinei
Anatomical terminology

In males, this structure continues through the midline of the scrotum (scrotal raphe) and upwards through the posterior midline aspect of the penis (penile raphe). It also exists deeper through the scrotum where it is called the scrotal septum. It is the result of a fetal developmental phenomenon whereby the scrotum and penis close toward the midline and fuse.[1]

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  1. ^ Graaff, Kent (1989). Concepts of human anatomy and physiology. Dubuque, Iowa: Wm. C. Brown Publishers. ISBN 0-697-05675-9.

This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 1237 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)