loop of Henle
loop of Henle
The hairpin-shaped section of a kidney tubule situated between the proximal and distal tubules in the nephron
. The loop of Henle extends from the cortex into the medulla; it consists of a thin descending limb, which is permeable to water, and a thick ascending limb, which is impermeable to water. Complex movements of ions and water across the walls of the loop enable it to function as a countercurrent multiplier
, resulting in the production of concentrated urine in the collecting duct
. It is named after German anatomist F. G. J. Henle (1809–85).
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