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Renal capsule
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1: Parenchyma
2: Cortex
3: Medulla
4: Perirenal fat
5: Capsule
6: Ureter
7: Pelvis of kidney
8: Renal artery and Renal vein
9: Hilus
10: Calyx
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Transverse section, showing the relations of the capsule of the kidney. (Labeled as "adipose capsule".)
Latin capsula adiposa renis, capsula fibrosa renis
Gray's subject #253 1220
Dorlands/Elsevier c_07/12211754

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The renal capsule is a tough fibrous layer surrounding the kidney and covered in a thick layer of perinephric adipose tissue. It provides some protection from trauma and damage.

The renal capsule relates to the other layers in the following manner (moving from innermost to outermost):

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