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urethra

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noun ure·thra \yu̇-ˈrē-thrə\

Simple Definition of urethra

  • medical : the tube through which urine moves from the bladder and out of the body and that in men and male animals is also the means by which semen leaves the body

Full Definition of urethra

plural ure·thras or ure·thraeplay \-(ˌ)thrē\

  1. :  the canal that in most mammals carries off the urine from the bladder and in the male serves also as a passageway for semen

ure·thral play \-thrəl\ adjective

Origin of urethra

Late Latin, from Greek ourēthra, from ourein to urinate


First Known Use: 1634


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urethra

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noun ure·thra \yu̇-ˈrē-thrə\

Medical Definition of urethra

plural ure·thras or ure·thrae \-(ˌ)thrē\play

  1. :  the canal that in most mammals carries off the urine from the bladder and in the male serves also as a passageway for semen

  2. ure·thral \-thrəl\play adjective



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