trans·​ure·​thral ˌtran(t)s-yu̇-ˈrē-thrəl How to pronounce transurethral (audio)
: passing through or performed by way of the urethra
transurethral prostatectomy

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web To widen this channel and improve flow, a surgical procedure called transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is commonly carried out on older men. Gavin Francis, The New York Review of Books, 10 Feb. 2022 In the surgical procedure known as transurethral resection, 70% to 80% of men generally get a condition called retrograde ejaculation, also called dry orgasm, says Dr. McVary. Laura Johannes, WSJ, 23 Apr. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1933, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of transurethral was in 1933

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“Transurethral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition


trans·​ure·​thral -yu̇-ˈrē-thrəl How to pronounce transurethral (audio)
: passing through or performed by way of the urethra
transurethral prostatectomy
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