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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.

loop of Henle

U-shaped section of nephron, linking proximal and distal convoluted tubules
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Randall's plaque of patients with nephrolithiasis begins in basement membranes of thin loops of Henle.
The blood vessels that carry blood in and out of the renal medulla, collectively called the vasa recta, lie in close proximity to the loops of Henle and collecting ducts.
In the medulla, these capillaries, called the vasa recta, form long straight loops that run parallel to the loops of Henle of the juxtamedullary nephrons and play an important role in the concentration and dilution of urine.