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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ureteral \ yu̇-​ˈrē-​tə-​rəl How to pronounce ureteral (audio) \ or less commonly ureteric \ ˌyu̇r-​ə-​ˈter-​ik How to pronounce ureteric (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, "7 Kidney Infection Signs and Symptoms You Should Never Ignore," 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, "Know Your Uterus," 18 Apr. 2020 Your urine goes through tubes called ureters to the bladder. Kimberly Truong, SELF, "Is ‘Breaking the Seal’ When You Drink Alcohol Really a Thing?," 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, "Simone Biles Competes at World Championships Despite Kidney Stone Pain," 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, "Is It Safe to Have Sex With a UTI?," 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, "Kidney Stone Symptoms and Causes That Everyone Needs to Know," 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, "How 3-D Printing Is Changing Health Care," 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, "The Parent Trip: Greg and Paul Yorgey-Girdy of South Philadelphia," 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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The first known use of ureter was in 1543

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21 May 2020

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“Ureter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ureter. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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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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