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vasa recta

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noun plural vasa rec·ta \-ˈrek-tə\

Medical Definition of vasa recta

  1. 1:  numerous small vessels that arise from the terminal branches of arteries supplying the intestine, encircle the intestine, and divide into more branches between its layers

  2. 2:  hairpin-shaped vessels that arise from the arteriole leading away from a renal glomerulus, descend into the renal pyramids, reunite as they ascend, and play a role in the concentration of urine

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