kidney

Pronunciation: (KID-nee)

One of a pair of organs in the abdomen. The kidneys remove waste and extra water from the blood (as urine) and help keep chemicals (such as sodium, potassium, and calcium) balanced in the body. The kidneys also make hormones that help control blood pressure and stimulate bone marrow to make red blood cells.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Anatomy of the male urinary system showing the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. Urine is made in the renal tubules and collects in the renal pelvis of each kidney. The urine flows from the kidneys through the ureters to the bladder. The urine is stored in the bladder until it leaves the body through the urethra.Anatomy of the female urinary system showing the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. Urine is made in the renal tubules and collects in the renal pelvis of each kidney. The urine flows from the kidneys through the ureters to the bladder. The urine is stored in the bladder until it leaves the body through the urethra.Anatomía del sistema urinario masculino: se muestran los riñones, los uréteres, la vejiga y la uretra. La orina se elabora en los túbulos renales y se almacena en la pelvis renal de cada riñón. La orina fluye desde los riñones y pasa a través de los uréteres hasta la vejiga. La orina se acumula en la vejiga hasta que sale del cuerpo a través de la uretra.Anatomía del sistema urinario femenino: se muestran los riñones, los uréteres, la vejiga y la uretra. La orina se elabora en los túbulos renales y se almacena en la pelvis renal de cada riñón. La orina fluye desde los riñones y pasa a través de los uréteres hasta la vejiga. La orina se acumula en la vejiga hasta que sale del cuerpo a través de la uretra. Date last modified: 2012-10-30Kidney CancerCáncer de riñón