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Descriptor English: Head Kidney
Descriptor Spanish: Riñón Cefálico
Descriptor Portuguese: Rim Cefálico
Descriptor French: Rein céphalique
Entry term(s): Anterior Kidney
Anterior Kidneys
Head Kidneys
Kidney, Anterior
Kidney, Head
Kidneys, Anterior
Kidneys, Head
Tree number(s): A13.449
A16.835.400
RDF Unique Identifier: https://id.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/D060226
Scope note: A primitive form of vertebrate kidney that is found in adults of some primitive FISHES and in the embryos of more advanced fishes. In some species of fishes it contains phagocytic cells and is also a major site of HEMATOPOIESIS, analogous to the mammalian BONE MARROW.
Allowable Qualifiers: AB abnormalities
AH anatomy & histology
BS blood supply
CH chemistry
CY cytology
DE drug effects
DG diagnostic imaging
EM embryology
EN enzymology
GD growth & development
IM immunology
IN injuries
IR innervation
ME metabolism
MI microbiology
PA pathology
PH physiology
PP physiopathology
PS parasitology
RE radiation effects
SU surgery
TR transplantation
UL ultrastructure
VI virology
Previous Indexing: Kidney (1969-2011)
Public MeSH Note: 2012
History Note: 2012
Related: Hematopoiesis, Extramedullary MeSH
DeCS ID: 54436
Unique ID: D060226
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Date Established: 2012/01/01
Date of Entry: 2011/06/24
Head Kidney - Preferred
Concept UI M0553319
Scope note A primitive form of vertebrate kidney that is found in adults of some primitive FISHES and in the embryos of more advanced fishes. In some species of fishes it contains phagocytic cells and is also a major site of HEMATOPOIESIS, analogous to the mammalian BONE MARROW.
Preferred term Head Kidney
Entry term(s) Anterior Kidney
Anterior Kidneys
Head Kidneys
Kidney, Anterior
Kidney, Head
Kidneys, Anterior
Kidneys, Head



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