Definition of glomerulus in English:



Anatomy Biology
  • A cluster of nerve endings, spores, or small blood vessels, especially a cluster of capillaries around the end of a kidney tubule.

    • ‘The neoplastic cells surrounded glomeruli and invaded renal tubules forming lymphoepithelial lesions.’
    • ‘The capillaries of glomeruli with cellular crescents were collapsed and showed few or no inflammatory cells.’
    • ‘Fairly well differentiated renal tissue with embryonic glomeruli and tubules.’
    • ‘Men's kidneys have larger glomeruli than women's and they have a greater glomerular volume.’
    • ‘The glomeruli are tiny blood vessels within your kidneys that filter fluid, waste and other substances from your blood.’
    • ‘In the kidney, the glomeruli show thickened capillary walls and endothelial swelling.’


Mid 19th century: modern Latin, diminutive of Latin glomus, glomer- ball of thread.