glomerulus

noun
glo·​mer·​u·​lus | \glə-ˈmer-(y)ə-ləs, glō-\
plural glomeruli\glə-​ˈmer-​(y)ə-​ˌlī, -​ˌlē, glō-​ \

Definition of glomerulus 

: 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

First Known Use of glomerulus

1856, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for glomerulus

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

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glomerulus

noun
glo·​mer·​u·​lus | \glə-ˈmer-(y)ə-ləs, glō- \
plural glomeruli\-​ˌlī, -​ˌlē \

Medical Definition of glomerulus 

: a small convoluted or intertwined mass (as of organisms, nerve fibers, or capillaries): as

a : 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 corpuscle

b : the convoluted secretory part of a sweat gland

c : a dense entanglement of nerve fibers situated in the olfactory bulb and containing the primary synapses of the olfactory pathway

called also olfactory glomerulus

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