Bowman's capsule

noun Bow·man's capsule \ ˈbō-mənz- \

Definition of Bowman's capsule

: a thin membranous double-walled capsule surrounding the glomerulus of a vertebrate nephron through which glomerular filtrate passes to the proximal convoluted tubule

Origin and Etymology of bowman's capsule

Sir William Bowman †1892 English surgeon


Medical Dictionary

Bowman's capsule

noun Bow·man's capsule \ ˌbō-mənz- \

medical Definition of Bowman's capsule

: a thin membranous double-walled capsule surrounding the glomerulus of a vertebrate nephron through which glomerular filtrate passes to the proximal convoluted tubule called also capsule of Bowman, glomerular capsule; see renal corpuscle

Biographical Note for bowman's capsule

  • Bowman, Sir William (1816–1892), British ophthalmologist, anatomist, and physiologist. Bowman was the foremost ophthalmic surgeon of 19th-century Britain. He is known in particular for his studies of the anatomy and physiology of the eye; the structure now known as Bowman's membrane was described by him in 1847. Bowman is equally notable for his studies of the kidney and urinary secretion; his original description of Bowman's capsule was published in 1842. In addition to these achievements, he discovered and described striated muscle in 1840.
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