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Medical Term:

glomerular capsule


the expanded beginning of a nephron composed of inner and outer layers: the visceral layer consists of podocytes that surround a tuft of capillaries (glomerulus); the parietal layer is simple squamous epithelium that becomes cuboid at the tubular pole.

Synonym(s): Bowman capsule, capsula glomeruli, malpighian capsule1, Müller capsule

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