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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: spla


  1. To lay open the end of a tubular structure by making a longitudinal incision to increase its potential diameter.
  2. The rounding of the corner on the graph relating rate of renal tubular secretion or reabsorption of a substance to its arterial plasma concentration, due primarily to the fact that some nephrons reach their tubular maximum before others.

See Also: spatulate

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