Nephron meaning

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The functional excretory unit of the vertebrate kidney that regulates the amount of water in the body and filters wastes from the blood to produce urine.
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The functional unit of the kidney, in which waste products are filtered from the blood and urine is produced. The nephron consists of a system of tubules in close association with a network of blood vessels. As fluid that is filtered through the glomerulus of the nephron enters the tubules, its composition is gradually changed by the absorption and secretion of solutes, and it eventually leaves the nephron as urine.
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A single urinary tubule in the vertebrate kidney.
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The functional excretory unit of the vertebrate kidney that regulates the amount of water in the body and filters wastes from the blood to produce urine.
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(anatomy) The basic structural and functional unit of the kidney, which filters the blood in order to regulate chemical concentrations, and thereby produces urine.
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Origin of nephron

  • German from Greek nephros kidney

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek νεφρός (nephros, “kidney").

    From Wiktionary