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glomerulus, pl. glomeruli (glo-mar´yu-lus, -yu-lI) [NA]
1. A plexus of capillaries. 2. A tuft formed of capillary loops at the beginning of each nephric tubule in the kidney; this tuft with its capsule (Bowman's capsule) constitutes the corpusculum renis (malpighian body).malpighian g., malpighian tuft; 3. The twisted secretory portion of a sweat gland. 4. A cluster of dendritic ramifications and axon terminals forming a complex synaptic relationship and surrounded by a glial sheath.glomerule; [Mod. L. dim. of L. glomus, a ball of yarn]
juxtamedullary g. a g. close to the medullary border.
malpighian g. glomerulus (2)
g. of mesonephros one of the tufts of capillary vessels within the mesonephros derived from a lateral branch of the primary aorta; each g. is connected to a tubule.
olfactory g. one of the small spherical territories in the olfactory bulb in which dendrites of mitral and tufted cells synapse with axons of olfactory receptor cells.
g. of pronephros one of the tufts of capillary vessels in the pronephros derived from a lateral branch of the aorta.
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