ure·​ter | \ ˈyu̇r-ə-tər How to pronounce ureter (audio) , yu̇-ˈrē-tər How to pronounce ureter (audio) \

Definition of ureter

: either of the paired ducts that carry away the urine from a kidney to the bladder or cloaca

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Other Words from ureter

ureteral \ yu̇-​ˈrē-​tə-​rəl How to pronounce ureter (audio) \ or less commonly ureteric \ ˌyu̇r-​ə-​ˈter-​ik How to pronounce ureter (audio) \ adjective

Examples of ureter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Well, typically the bacteria make its way into the kidneys through the ureters, which is the tube that connects the bladder to the kidneys. Korin Miller, SELF, 30 Dec. 2019 Rarely, endometriosis can invade other organs, such as the bowel, bladder or ureter (the tube that carries urine from the kidney to the bladder), and potentially cause other serious health problems. Katherine Hobson, New York Times, 18 Apr. 2020 Your urine goes through tubes called ureters to the bladder. Kimberly Truong, SELF, 16 Mar. 2019 Some stones remain small, and don't cause any pain, while others can travel into the ureter, which connects the kidney and the bladder. Jessica Taylor Price, Teen Vogue, 28 Oct. 2018 Symptoms can vary depending on the area; an infection in your urethra/ureters can cause burning with urination accompanied by abnormal discharge and cloudy pee. Lindsey Lanquist, SELF, 23 Feb. 2018 Kidney stones are rock-hard mineral and salt deposits that form inside your kidneys and that may get stuck in the ureter and cause a blockage. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, 22 Feb. 2018 Before the surgery, Mayo printed a 3-D model of the girl’s pelvis, scaled to size and showing her bladder, veins, blood vessels, ureters and the tumor. Aili Mcconnon, WSJ, 12 Sep. 2017 At St. Christopher’s Hospital, a pediatric nephrologist delivered sober news: The baby’s kidneys were abnormal, and his ureters were distorted. Anndee Hochman, Philly.com, 23 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of ureter

1543, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ureter

New Latin, from Greek ourētēr, from ourein to urinate — more at urine

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“Ureter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ureter. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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ure·​ter | \ ˈyu̇r-ət-ər How to pronounce ureter (audio) , yu̇-ˈrēt-ər How to pronounce ureter (audio) \

Medical Definition of ureter

: either of the paired ducts that carry away urine from a kidney to the bladder or cloaca and that in humans are slender membranous epithelium-lined flat tubes about sixteen inches (41 centimeters) long which open above into the pelvis of a kidney and below into the back part of the same side of the bladder at a very oblique angle

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