kidney

noun
kid·​ney | \ ˈkid-nē How to pronounce kidney (audio) \
plural kidneys

Definition of kidney

1a : one of a pair of vertebrate organs situated in the body cavity near the spinal column that excrete waste products of metabolism, in humans are bean-shaped organs about 4¹/₂ inches (11¹/₂ centimeters) long lying behind the peritoneum in a mass of fatty tissue, and consist chiefly of nephrons by which urine is secreted, collected, and discharged into a main cavity from which it is conveyed by the ureter to the bladder
b : any of various excretory organs of invertebrate animals
2 : the kidney of an animal eaten as food
3 : sort or kind especially with regard to temperament a nice helpful guy, of a different kidney entirely from the … Secret Police— Paula Lecler

Examples of kidney in a Sentence

a patient with a damaged kidney her new boyfriend is of a different kidney than what she usually dates
Recent Examples on the Web Black Americans are almost four times as likely as white Americans to develop kidney failure, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Kat Stafford, Chicago Tribune, 5 May 2022 Most people recover within a week but, rarely, some develop a more severe infection including Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, a type of kidney failure. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 26 Apr. 2022 Bohrman, a resident of Westlake Terrace, died April 15 of advanced kidney failure, according to her son David, a veteran TV news producer for CNN, NBC and CBS. Stephen Battagliostaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2022 Possible complications include kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke, nerve damage, macular degeneration, blindness, vascular issues and even amputations. Carolyn Barber, Scientific American, 15 Apr. 2022 Too much blood glucose causes all sorts of health problems, including the destruction of tiny blood vessels leading to blindness and amputations, plus it’s a key risk factor for heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 7 Apr. 2022 In 2013, the Hoosiers won their first Big Ten men’s cross-country title in 33 years after Helmer had endured months of treatment for cancer and kidney failure. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 5 Apr. 2022 Chinese social media users also expressed outcry over a March 29 Weibo post claiming a 77-year-old Shanghai man with kidney failure died after hospital staff refused to perform dialysis, because the man had COVID. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune, 1 Apr. 2022 Pace, a founding member of the Anointed Pace Sisters gospel group, died March 21 of kidney failure after five years of dialysis and a lifetime struggle with weight and the diabetes that accompanied it. Ben Smith, ajc, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of kidney

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for kidney

Middle English

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More Definitions for kidney

kidney

noun
kid·​ney | \ ˈkid-nē How to pronounce kidney (audio) \
plural kidneys

Kids Definition of kidney

: either of a pair of organs near the backbone that give off waste from the body in the form of urine and in humans are bean-shaped

kidney

noun
kid·​ney | \ ˈkid-nē How to pronounce kidney (audio) \
plural kidneys

Medical Definition of kidney

1 : one of a pair of vertebrate organs situated in the body cavity near the spinal column that excrete waste products of metabolism, in humans are bean-shaped organs about 4¹/₂ inches (11¹/₂ centimeters) long lying behind the peritoneum in a mass of fatty tissue, and consist chiefly of nephrons by which urine is secreted, collected, and discharged into the renal pelvis whence it is conveyed by the ureter to the bladder — compare mesonephros, metanephros, pronephros
2 : any of various excretory organs of invertebrate animals

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