The distal part of the loop of Henle that is impermeable to water and actively pumps sodium out of the filtrate to generate the hypertonic interstitium that drives countercurrent exchange; it consists of an initial very thin segment lined by simple squamous epithelium followed by a distal thick segment lined by simple cuboidal epithelium[MP]. [ MP:0011342 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ascending_limb_of_loop_of_Henle ]

Synonyms: loop of Henle ascending limb ascending limb of Henle's loop

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