loop of Henle

noun phrase loop of Hen·le \ -ˈhen-lē \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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

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
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