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Afferent Arteriole

(1) Afferent glomerular arteriole, arteriola glomerularis afferens.
(2) Any arteriole that connects the terminal branch of an artery with a capillary.

afferent arteriole

Anatomy A blood vessel in the kidney that supplies blood to glomeruli


a minute arterial branch.

afferent arteriole
enters the glomerulus at the vascular pole and divides into capillaries which subsequently merge to form efferent arterioles.
efferent arteriole
derived from the glomerular capillaries in the renal glomeruli, these arterioles exit from the glomerulus at its vascular pole.
straight arteriole
see arteriola rectae renis.
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The afferent arterioles showed amorphous eosinophilic material effacing the media.
Afferent arterioles were histologically unremarkable or in rare instances showed small accumulations of subendothelial hyaline and periodic acid-Schiff-positive material.
Finally, macrovascular disease, such as atherosclerosis and hypertension, causes increased stress on afferent arterioles.