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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The segment of the nephron of a vertebrate kidney that is situated between the proximal and distal convoluted tubules. It plays a role in the transport of ions and water and the concentrating of urine.

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  • n. A loop-like structure in the kidney's nephron that connects the proximal convoluted tubule to the distal convoluted tubule.

Etymologies

After Friedrich Gustav Jacob Henle (1809-1885), German pathologist.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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