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The process whose specific outcome is the progression of the renal system over time, from its formation to the mature structure. The renal system maintains fluid balance and contributes to electrolyte balance, acid/base balance, and disposal of nitrogenous waste products. In humans, the renal system comprises a pair of kidneys, a pair of ureters, urinary bladder, urethra, sphincter muscle and associated blood vessels.
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Broad Synonyms: urinary system development ;   urinary tract development
Definition Sources: GOC:mtg_kidney_jan10, GOC:yaf, http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Human_Physiology/The_Urinary_System

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