loop of Henle

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loop of Henle

(hĕn′lē)
n.
A U-shaped segment of the nephron in a vertebrate kidney that functions in water resorption.

loop of Henle

[hen′lē]
Etymology: ME, loupe; [Friedrich Gustave Henle, German anatomist, 1809-1885
the U-shaped part of a renal tubule, consisting of a thin descending limb and a thick ascending limb. Also called Henle's loop.

loop of Henle

the U-shaped, nonconvoluted part of the tubule which leads from a BOWMAN'S CAPSULE to the central cavity of the kidney (the pelvis), and where the urine is concentrated. Together, the capsule and tubule form a NEPHRON. Animals in arid climates have very long loops of Henle and produce small quantities of highly concentrated urine.
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In healthy individuals, the Aquaporin-1 channels remain an ever-present structure in the luminal wall cells of the proximal tubule and the descending limb of the loop of Henle.
Which of the following contribute to the progressive increase in filtrate osmolality as the filtrate passes along the descending limb of Henle's loop?
The loop of Henle is the next component of the tubular system and consists of the thin descending limb, thin ascending limb, and thick ascending limb.