A pair of organs, the principal parts of the excretory system, located above the waistline at the back of the abdominal cavity. The kidneys filter waste materials from the blood, excreting these wastes in the form of urine; they also regulate the amounts of water and other chemicals in body fluids.
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He became delirious, his heartbeat grew ragged, his blood teemed with the virus, and his lungs, liver and kidneys began to fail.
Her father, her mother said on the phone, had fallen into a coma after his kidneys failed in response to a sulfa drug.Knocking on Heaven's Door: True Stories of Unexplained, Uncanny Experiences at the Hour of Death|Patricia Pearson|August 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She endured multiple surgeries; doctors removed one of her kidneys and other vital organs.19 of Us Were Shot on Mother’s Day, But New Orleans Dropped the Attempted Murder Charges|Mark Hertsgaard|May 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The same toxin that causes this “pseudomembrane” to form can also damage organs like the heart and kidneys.Thanks to Anti-Vaxxers, Mumps Are Back. What’s Next?|Russell Saunders|March 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A part of him felt selfish for having healthy kidneys of his own.Doug Kenney: The Odd Comic Genius Behind ‘Animal House’ and National Lampoon|Robert Sam Anson|March 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
An estimation of the solids, therefore, furnishes an important clue to the functional efficiency of the kidneys.
In disease, the amount of solids depends mainly upon the activity of metabolism and the ability of the kidneys to excrete.
A drug had been compounded out of the brains and kidneys of a human corpse, and had been administered in a cup of chocolate.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
It is excreted by the kidneys as various substances, including campho-glycuric acid (Schmiedeberg).
The kidneys are prone to be affected more or less in old alcoholic subjects.Essays In Pastoral Medicine|Austin Malley