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Malpighian corpuscle

Noun, pl. Malpighian corpuscles

Refers to either of two anatomical structures:

    • Renal corpuscles
        • the initial filtering component of nephrons in the kidneys. (
        • the capsule that contains Bowman’s capsule and a glomerulus at the expanded end of a nephron.  (
    • Splenic lymphoid nodules, or White nodules
        • follicles in the white pulp of the spleen, containing many lymphocytes. (
        • a mass of lymphoid tissue surrounding an arteriole of the spleen. (
        • any of the small masses of adenoid tissue formed around the branches of the splenic artery in the spleen. (

Word origin: These structures are named after Marcello Malpighi (1628-1694), an Italian physician and biologist regarded as the father of microscopical anatomy and histology. (

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