loop of Henle

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loop of Hen·​le | \ -ˈhen-lē How to pronounce loop of Henle (audio) \

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

First Known Use of loop of Henle

1890, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for loop of Henle

French G. J. Henle †1885 German pathologist

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loop of Henle

noun
loop of Hen·​le | \ -ˈhen-lē How to pronounce loop of Henle (audio) \

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

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