renal pyramid

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renal pyramid

Etymology: L, ren, kidney; Gk, pyramis
any one of several conical masses of tissue that form the kidney medulla. The base of each pyramid adjoins the kidney's cortex; the apex terminates at a renal calyx. The pyramids consist of the loops of Henle and the collecting tubules of the nephrons.

re·nal pyr·a·mid

(rē'năl pir'ă-mid)
One of several pyramidal masses seen on longitudinal section of the kidney; collectively, they constitute the renal medulla, and contain part of the secreting tubules and the collecting tubules.
Synonym(s): malpighian pyramid, medullary pyramid, pyramis renalis.

renal pyramid

The inner mass of the kidney consisting of 5 to 11 conical renal pyramids separated by renal columns. The renal pyramids contain the loops of Henle and the collecting ducts. The renal columns contain interlobar arteries and veins.
See also: pyramid


Marcello, Italian anatomist, histologist, and embryologist, 1628-1694.
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