loop of Henle

[ hen-lee ]
/ ˈhɛn li /

noun Anatomy.

the part of a nephron between the proximal and distal convoluted tubules that extends, in a loop, from the cortex into the medulla of the kidney.

Origin of loop of Henle

1880–85; named after F. G. J. Henle (1809–85), German pathologist
Also called Henle's loop.
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Science definitions for loop of henle

loop of Henle
[ lōōp əv hĕnlē ]

The loop-shaped segment of the nephron of a vertebrate kidney. It plays a role in the transport of ions and water and the concentrating of urine.
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