[gloh-mer-yuh-luh s, gluh-]
noun, plural glo·mer·u·li [gloh-mer-yuh-lahy, gluh-] /gloʊˈmɛr yəˌlaɪ, glə-/. Anatomy.
a compact cluster of capillaries.
Also called Malpighian tuft. a tuft of convoluted capillaries in the nephron of a kidney, functioning to remove certain substances from the blood before it flows into the convoluted tubule.
Origin of glomerulus
1855–60;Related formsglo·mer·u·lar, adjective
< New Latin,
equivalent to Latin glomer-
(stem of glomus
) ball-shaped mass + -ulus -ule
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noun plural -li (-ˌlaɪ)
Derived Formsglomerular, adjective
a knot of blood vessels in the kidney projecting into the capsular end of a urine-secreting tubule
any cluster or coil of blood vessels, nerve fibres, etc, in the body
Word Origin for glomerulus
C18: from New Latin, diminutive of glomus ball
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n. pl. glo•mer•u•li (-lī′)
A small cluster or intertwined mass.
A tuft of capillaries situated within a Bowman's capsule at the end of a renal tubule in the vertebrate kidney that filters waste products from the blood and thus initiates urine formation.
The twisted secretory portion of a sweat gland.
A nerve ending consisting of a cluster of dendritic ramifications and axon terminals surrounded by a glial sheath.
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Plural glomeruli (glō-mĕr′yə-lī′)
A knot of highly permeable capillaries located within the Bowman's capsule of a nephron. Waste products are filtered from the blood in the glomerulus, initiating the process of urine formation.
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