Lobe (anatomy)

Last updated on 2 June 2016

In anatomy, a lobe is a clear anatomical division or extension[1] of an organ (as seen for example in the brain, the lung, liver or the kidney) that can be determined without the use of a microscope at the gross anatomy level. This is in contrast to the much smaller lobule, which is a clear division only visible under the microscope.[2]

Interlobar ducts connect lobes and interlobular ducts connect lobules.

Lobes
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Visceral surface of the liver showing the four lobes
Anatomical terminology

Examples of lobes

Examples of lobules

References

  1. ^ lobe at eMedicine Dictionary
  2. ^ SIU SOM Histology GI

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