External spermatic fascia
The scrotum. On the left side the cavity of the tunica vaginalis has been opened; on the right side only the layers superficial to the cremaster have been removed.
Transverse section through the left side of the scrotum and the left testis. The sac of the tunica vaginalis is represented in a distended condition.
Latinfascia spermatica externa
Anatomical terminology

The external spermatic fascia (intercrural or intercolumnar fascia) is a thin membrane, prolonged downward around the surface of the spermatic cord and testis. It is separated from the dartos tunic by loose areolar tissue. It is occasionally referred to as 'Le Fascia de Webster' after an anatomist who once described it.


The external spermatic fascia is derived from the aponeurosis of the abdominal external oblique muscle.[1][2] It is acquired by the spermatic cord at the superficial inguinal ring.[1]


Public domain This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 1238 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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