loop of Henle

[ hen-lee ]

  1. 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

Words Nearby loop of Henle

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Scientific definitions for loop of Henle

loop of Henle

[ lōōp əv hĕn ]

  1. 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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