loop of Henle

play
loop of Hen·le \ -ˈhen-lē \

Definition of loop of Henle

:the U-shaped part of the nephron of birds and mammals that lies between and is continuous with the proximal and distal convoluted tubules and that functions in water resorption

Origin and Etymology of loop of henle

French G. J. Henle †1885 German pathologist


Medical Dictionary

loop of Henle

play
noun loop of Hen·le \ -ˈhen-lē \

medical Definition of loop of Henle

:the U-shaped part of a vertebrate nephron that lies between and is continuous with the proximal and distal convoluted tubules, that leaves the cortex of the kidney descending into the medullary tissue and then bending back and reentering the cortex, and that functions in water resorption called also Henle's loop

Biographical Note for loop of henle

  • F. G. J. Henle — see henle's layer
  • Illustration of loop of henle


    Learn More about loop of henle


    Seen and Heard

    What made you want to look up loop of Henle? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

    Love words? Need even more definitions?

    Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

    WORD OF THE DAY

    agreeable, attractive, or delicious

    Get Word of the Day daily email!

    Test Your Vocabulary

    Merriam-Webster's New Words Quiz—Fall 2017 Edition!

    • young-plant-shoots
    • Which of the following is a new sense of the word bunny?
    Name That Thing

    Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

    TAKE THE QUIZ
    Word Winder's CrossWinder

    Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

    TAKE THE QUIZ

    Love words? Need even more definitions?

    Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!