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Encyclopedia > Renal corpuscle

A renal corpuscle is the initial filtering component of a nephron in the kidney. It consists of a glomerulus, a small network of capillaries, enclosed in a Bowman's capsule, a sac-like structure. Fluids from blood in the glomerulus is collected in the Bowman's capsule to form "glomerulus filtrate", which is then further processed along the nephron to form urine.


A renal corpuscle is also known as a Malpighian corpuscle, named after Marcello Malpighi (1628-1694), an Italian physician and biologist. This name is not used widely anymore, probably to avoid confusion with a Malpighian corpuscle in the spleen.


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The proximal convoluted tubule arises from Bowman's capsule and remains in the proximity of the renal corpuscle.
The renal corpuscle consists of the glomerulus and the Bowman's capsule that surrounds it.
The proximal convoluted tubule arises at the urinary pole of the renal corpuscle.
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