from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of the numerous filtering units of the vertebrate kidney that remove waste matter from the blood.

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  • n. The basic structural and functional unit of the kidney, which filters the blood in order to regulate chemical concentrations, and thereby produces urine.

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  • n. any of the small tubules that are the excretory units of the vertebrate kidney


German, from Greek nephros, kidney.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek νεφρός (nephros, "kidney"). (Wiktionary)


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