Meaning of glomerulus


Pronunciation: (glō-mer'yu-lus, glu-), [key]
— pl. -li
  1. a compact cluster of capillaries.
  2. Also calleda tuft of convoluted capillaries in the nephron of a kidney, functioning to remove certain substances from the blood before it flows into the convoluted tubule. Cf. Bowman's capsule, Malpighian corpuscle.
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