Corpus hemorrhagicum

The corpus hemorrhagicum ("bleeding corpus luteum")[1] is a temporary structure formed immediately after ovulation from the ovarian follicle as it collapses and is filled with blood that quickly clots.[2] After the trauma heals, the subsequent structure is called the corpus luteum (which in turn becomes the corpus albicans before degenerating). Sometimes during ovulation, small blood vessels rupture, and the cavity of the ruptured follicle fills with a blood clot, a corpus hemorrhagicum.[3]

Corpus hemorrhagicum
LatinCorpus haemorrhagicum
Anatomical terminology


  1. McSweeney, Daniel J.; Wood, Frank O. (1940). "Acute Abdominal Conditions Following Ovulation and Its Sequelae". New England Journal of Medicine. 222 (5): 174–179. doi:10.1056/NEJM194002012220502.
  2. Marieb, Elaine (2013). Anatomy & physiology. Benjamin-Cummings. p. 915. ISBN 9780321887603.
  3. Husvéth, Ferenc (2011). "PHYSIOLOGICAL and REPRODUCTIONAL ASPECTS OF ANIMAL PRODUCTION". Digital Textbook Library. Debreceni Egyetem. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
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