di·​uret·​ic | \ ˌdī-yə-ˈre-tik How to pronounce diuretic (audio) \

Definition of diuretic

: tending to increase the excretion of urine diuretic drugs

Other Words from diuretic

diuretic noun
diuretically \ ˌdī-​yə-​ˈre-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce diuretic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of diuretic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Suns played against Denver and Minnesota in a road back-to-back Nov. 23-24 during the 2019-20 season, but Ayton was serving his 25-game suspension at the time for testing positive for diuretic. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 26 Mar. 2022 Quinapril is an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor that prevents blood vessels from narrowing, while hydrochlorothiazide is a diuretic, which causes a person to urinate more and flushes out sodium in the body. Sophie Mellor, Fortune, 23 Mar. 2022 Diabetes insipidus is most commonly caused by the loss of anti-diuretic hormone and inability for the body to properly regulate sodium and water balance. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 16 Mar. 2022 Since caffeine has a slight diuretic effect, drinking more than that could be counterproductive. Amanda Macmillan, Outside Online, 18 May 2015 The necropsy revealed the presence of no drugs or toxicants other than those reported to the California Horse Racing Board: the anti-ulcer medication Omeprazole and the diuretic Lasix. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 21 Feb. 2022 The necropsy on Medina Spirit found the anti-ulcer medication omeprazole and the diuretic Lasix in blood and urine samples consistent with the medication report filed with CHRB by the attending veterinarian. CBS News, 11 Feb. 2022 Your doctor may also add a diuretic, or water pill, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Hallie Levine, Health.com, 13 Dec. 2021 But, Shaw says that having too much can have a mild diuretic effect. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 16 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of diuretic

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for diuretic

Middle English duretik, diuretic, from Late Latin diureticus, from Greek diourētikos, from diourein to urinate, from dia- + ourein to urinate — more at urine

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“Diuretic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diuretic. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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di·​uret·​ic | \ ˌdī-(y)ə-ˈret-ik How to pronounce diuretic (audio) \

Medical Definition of diuretic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: tending to increase the excretion of urine

Other Words from diuretic

diuretically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce diuretic (audio) \ adverb



Medical Definition of diuretic (Entry 2 of 2)

: an agent that increases the excretion of urine

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