urea

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noun \yu̇-ˈrē-ə\

Definition of urea

  1. :  a soluble weakly basic nitrogenous compound CO(NH2)2 that is the chief solid component of mammalian urine and an end product of protein decomposition, is synthesized from carbon dioxide and ammonia, and is used especially in synthesis (as of resins and plastics) and in fertilizers and animal rations

Origin and Etymology of urea

New Latin, from French urée, from urine


First Known Use: 1806


UREA Defined for English Language Learners

urea

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noun \yu̇-ˈrē-ə\

Definition of urea for English Language Learners

  • : a substance that contains nitrogen, is found in the urine of mammals and some fish, and is used in some kinds of fertilizer


UREA Defined for Kids

urea

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noun \yu̇-ˈrē-ə\

Definition of urea for Students

  1. :  a compound of nitrogen that is the chief solid substance dissolved in the urine of a mammal and is formed by the breaking down of protein


Medical Dictionary

urea

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noun \yu̇-ˈrē-ə\

Medical Definition of urea

  1. :  a soluble weakly basic nitrogenous compound CH4N2O that is the chief solid component of mammalian urine and an end product of protein decomposition and that is administered intravenously as a diuretic drug—called also carbamide


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