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nephron

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noun neph·ron \ˈne-ˌfrän\

Definition of nephron

  1. :  a single excretory unit of the vertebrate kidney



Origin and Etymology of nephron

German, from Greek nephros


First Known Use: 1932


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nephron

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noun neph·ron \ˈnef-ˌrän\

Medical Definition of nephron

  1. :  a single excretory unit especially of the vertebrate kidney typically consisting of a renal corpuscle, renal tubule, collecting tubule, and vascular and supporting tissues and discharging urine into the collecting ducts




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