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glomerulus

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noun glo·mer·u·lus \glə-ˈmer-(y)ə-ləs, glō-\

Definition of glomerulus

plural glomeruliplay \-ˌlī, -ˌlē\

  1. :  a small convoluted or intertwined mass; especially :  a tuft of capillaries at the point of origin of each vertebrate nephron that passes a protein-free filtrate to the surrounding Bowman's capsule



Origin of glomerulus

New Latin, glomerulus, glomerule, diminutive of Latin glomer-, glomus ball; akin to Latin globus globe


First Known Use: 1856


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glomerulus

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noun glo·mer·u·lus \glə-ˈmer-(y)ə-ləs, glō-\

Medical Definition of glomerulus

plural glomeruli \-ˌlī, -ˌlē\play play

  1. :  a small convoluted or intertwined mass (as of organisms, nerve fibers, or capillaries): asa:  a tuft of capillaries that is covered by epithelium, is situated at the point of origin of each vertebrate nephron, and normally passes a protein-free filtrate from the blood to the surrounding Bowman's capsule—see renal corpuscleb:  the convoluted secretory part of a sweat glandc:  a dense entanglement of nerve fibers situated in the olfactory bulb and containing the primary synapses of the olfactory pathway—called also



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