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

Definition of diuretic

: tending to increase the excretion of urine diuretic drugs

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Other Words from diuretic

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

Examples of diuretic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Newer research shows that our bodies can adjust to caffeine, which negates its diuretic effect—as long as [intake is] consistent and not excessive. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "How Much Water Should You Drink Each Day? Experts Weigh In," 27 Aug. 2019 Celery can also help beat bloat due to its natural, mild diuretic effect. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ever so humble, celery is good for much more than weight loss," 7 May 2018 Now scientists have identified that the phthalides in celery contribute to its diuretic effect. Stephanie Feuer, Good Housekeeping, "9 Fruits And Vegetables That Are Natural Diuretics—No Pills Necessary," 5 Sep. 2017 Diuretic drugs (but not all drugs) were shown to be superior to exercise in preventing death from heart failure. Aaron E. Carroll, New York Times, "Closest Thing to a Wonder Drug? Try Exercise," 20 June 2016

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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 21 Feb. 2020.

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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 diuretically (audio) \ adverb



Medical Definition of diuretic (Entry 2 of 2)

: an agent that increases the excretion of urine

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