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a turn or sharp curve in a cordlike structure.
capillary l's minute endothelial tubes that carry blood in the papillae of the skin.
closed loop a system in which the input to one or more of the subsystems is affected by its own output.
Henle's loop the U-shaped part of the nephron extending from the proximal to the distal convoluted tubule.
ileal loop ileal conduit.
Lippes loop a form of intrauterine contraceptive device.
open loop a system in which an input alters the output, but the output has no effect on the input.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
1. A biological system in which a substance produced affects the output of the substance by a feedback mechanism.
2. In the learning of motor skills, the process of using sensory feedback to modify fine motor control or skilled movements.
See also: loop
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