bowman capsule

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Bowman's capsule   (bō'mənz)  Pronunciation Key 
A cup-shaped structure around the glomerulus of each nephron of the vertebrate kidney. It serves as a filter to remove organic wastes, excess inorganic salts, and water. Bowman's capsule is named after its identifier, English physician and physiologist, Sir William Bowman (1816-1892).
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