|—n , pl -li|
|1.||a knot of blood vessels in the kidney projecting into the capsular end of a urine-secreting tubule|
|2.||any cluster or coil of blood vessels, nerve fibres, etc, in the body|
|[C18: from New Latin, diminutive of glomus ball]|
glomerulus glo·mer·u·lus (glō-měr'yə-ləs)
n. pl. glo·mer·u·li (-lī')
A small cluster or intertwined mass.
A tuft of capillaries situated within a Bowman's capsule at the end of a renal tubule in the vertebrate kidney that filters waste products from the blood and thus initiates urine formation.
The twisted secretory portion of a sweat gland.
A nerve ending consisting of a cluster of dendritic ramifications and axon terminals surrounded by a glial sheath.
|glomerulus (glō-měr'yə-ləs) Pronunciation Key
Plural glomeruli (glō-měr'yə-lī')
A knot of highly permeable capillaries located within the Bowman's capsule of a nephron. Waste products are filtered from the blood in the glomerulus, initiating the process of urine formation.