Duct of Bellini

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Duct of Bellini
Position of the duct of Bellini in the kidney
Latin ductus papillaris
Gray's subject #253 1223
Dorlands/Elsevier d_29/12314994

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The duct of Bellini is an anatomical structure of the kidneys, also known as papillary (collecting) duct.

The straight or collecting tubes commence in the radiate part of the renal cortex, where they receive the curved ends of the distal convoluted tubules.

They unite at short intervals with one another, the resulting tubes presenting a considerable increase in caliber, so that a series of comparatively large tubes passes from the bases of the medullary rays into the renal pyramids.

In the medulla the tubes of each pyramid converge to join a central tube, the duct of Bellini, which finally opens on the summit of one of the renal papillae; the contents of the tube are therefore discharged into one of the renal calyces.

Eponym

So named in honor of its discoverer, Italian anatomist Lorenzo Bellini (1643-1704).

This article was originally based on an entry from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy. As such, some of the information contained herein may be outdated. Please edit the article if this is the case, and feel free to remove this notice when it is no longer relevant.


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