[ad_1] noun, plural glo·mer·u·li [gloh-mer-yuh-lahy, gluh-] /gloʊˈmɛr yəˌlaɪ, glə-/. Anatomy.
- a compact cluster of capillaries.
- Also called . a 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.
noun plural -li (-ˌlaɪ)
- a knot of blood vessels in the kidney projecting into the capsular end of a urine-secreting tubule
- any cluster or coil of blood vessels, nerve fibres, etc, in the body
- Relating to or affecting a glomerulus or the glomeruli.
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.
Plural glomeruli (glō-mĕr′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.