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Bowman's capsule

[ boh-muhnz ]
/ ˈboʊ mənz /
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noun Anatomy.
a membranous, double-walled capsule surrounding a glomerulus of a nephron.
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Origin of Bowman's capsule

1880–85; named after Sir William Bowman (1816–92), English surgeon
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Scientific definitions for Bowman's capsule

Bowman's capsule
[ bōmənz ]

A cup-shaped structure around the glomerulus of each nephron of the vertebrate kidney. It serves as a filter to remove organic wastes, excess inorganic salts, and water. Bowman's capsule is named after its identifier, English physician and physiologist, Sir William Bowman (1816-1892).
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