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Why are the kidneys called metanephric? What does the term metanephric actually mean? I tried to search that on Google but couldn't find the exact meaning.

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There are metanephric diseases, which refer to the location of pathologic tissue relative to the main kidney mass, but unless someone with more expertise wants to weigh in, I don't think that kidneys themselves are called metanephric.

There is also a developmental stage of the kidneys, in which they are referred to as metanephros. Perhaps you're thinking of that?

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