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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

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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CaP formed in the basement membrane of the loops of Henle, the inner medullary collecting ducts, and ducts of Bellini serves as an attachment site for stone development.
Three-dimensional architecture of collecting ducts, loops of Henle, and blood vessels in the renal papilla.
Arranged parallel to the loops of Henle, the collecting ducts extend from the superficial layer of the cortical layer to the deepest inner medullary layer.
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.