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The urinary or renal system is a group of organs in the body that filters out excess fluid and other substances from the bloodstream.
The purpose of the urinary system is to eliminate wastes from the body, regulate blood volume and pressure, control levels of electrolytes and metabolites, and regulate blood pH.
The urinary system organs include the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra.
Metabolic wastes and excess ion are filtered out of the blood, combined with water, and leave the body in the form of urine.
There are several functions of the urinary system:
Removal of metabolic waste products from the body (mainly urea and uric acid)
Kidneys are the most complex and critical part of the urinary system.
The primary function of the kidneys is to maintain a stable internal environment (homeostasis) for optimal cell and tissue metabolism.
The kidneys have extensive blood supply via the renal arteries which leave the kidneys via the renal vein.
Nephrons in the kidneys filter blood to remove urea, a waste product formed by the oxidation of proteins, as well as ions like potassium and sodium.
The nephrons are made up of a ball of blood capillaries (the glomerulus) and a small rental tube.
The resulting urine passes from the renal tube through tubes called ureters and into the bladder.
The bladder is flexible and is used as storage until the urine is allowed to pass through the urethra and out of the body.
The female and male urinary system are very similar, differing only in the length of the urethra.
maintaining cellular homeostasis by removing excess fluid as urine and wastes as feces, filtering blood to remove wastes and excess fluid; storing both in the bladder until concentrated, maintaining plasma homeostasis by reabsorbing fluid and sending it via ureters to lymphatic system, and filtering out wastes and excess fluid from the blood to remove them from the body as urine
Source: Boundless. “Overview of the Urinary System.” Boundless Anatomy and Physiology. Boundless, 04 Dec. 2014. Retrieved 25 Mar. 2015 from https://www.boundless.com/physiology/textbooks/boundless-anatomy-and-physiology-textbook/the-urinary-system-25/overview-of-the-urinary-system-238/overview-of-the-urinary-system-1166-24/