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Major Calices (Anterior Part; Left)
Urogenital System

Major Calices (Anterior Part; Left)

Calices renales majores

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The major calices are tubular chambers formed by the merging of two or more minor calices. The major calices are lined with smooth muscles, which helps to propel urine distally.

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Key Features/Anatomical Relations

There are usually two or three major calices per kidney (Standring, 2016). The major calices are located closer to the renal hilum in comparison to the minor calices.


The major calices drain the excreted urine into the large singular renal pelvis.

List of Clinical Correlates

—Kidney stones


Standring, S. (2016) Gray's Anatomy: The Anatomical Basis of Clinical Practice. Gray's Anatomy Series 41 edn.: Elsevier Limited.

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