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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 26 Mar. 2023.

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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