pro·​tein·​uria ˌprō-tə-ˈnu̇r-ē-ə How to pronounce proteinuria (audio)
: the presence of excess protein in the urine

Examples of proteinuria in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition to hematuria, other symptoms include proteinuria (protein in the urine), which causes foamy urine, and swelling in the ankles, hands, and around the eyes. Colleen Doherty, Verywell Health, 1 July 2024 It’s marked by high blood pressure and proteinuria (protein in the urine) that can lead to kidney or other organ damage. Cara Lynn Shultz, Peoplemag, 19 Jan. 2024 According to the Mayo Clinic, protein in your urine, which is also called proteinuria, is a waste product that your kidneys normally get rid of. Lisa Mulcahy, Men's Health, 31 July 2023 There are many other health conditions that can cause frequent proteinuria, according to the Mayo Clinic, like pregnancy, preeclampsia, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, heart disease, and sickle cell anemia. Korin Miller, SELF, 4 Oct. 2018

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Word History


borrowed from French protéinurie, from protéine protein + -urie -uria

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of proteinuria was in 1911

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“Proteinuria.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


pro·​tein·​uria ˌprōt-ᵊn-ˈ(y)u̇r-ē-ə How to pronounce proteinuria (audio) ˌprō-ˌtēn- How to pronounce proteinuria (audio)
: the presence of excess protein in the urine
proteinuric adjective

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