vasa recta

noun plural

vasa rec·​ta -ˈrek-tə How to pronounce vasa recta (audio)
: 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
: 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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“Vasa recta.” Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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