urethra

noun
ure·​thra | \ yu̇-ˈrē-thrə How to pronounce urethra (audio) \
plural urethras or urethrae\ yu̇-​ˈrē-​(ˌ)thrē How to pronounce urethrae (audio) \

Definition of urethra

: the canal that in most mammals carries off the urine from the bladder and in the male serves also as a passageway for semen

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Other Words from urethra

urethral \ yu̇-​ˈrē-​thrəl How to pronounce urethral (audio) \ adjective

Examples of urethra in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) is a common condition in cats, encompassing many disorders that affect the animal’s bladder or urethra. Texas A&m University, Houston Chronicle, "PET TALK: The facts of feline lower urinary tract disease," 23 May 2020 Sensations like these could mean a pelvic organ prolapse, when an organ (uterus, bladder or urethra) shifts from its original position or presses against the vaginal wall. Anna Nowogrodzki, New York Times, "Postpartum Body Changes You Should Know About," 17 Apr. 2020 This surrounds components like the urethra and swells in order to allow erections. 2. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "11 Things Everyone Should Know About Uncircumcised Penises," 29 Dec. 2018 UTIs most often affect the bladder (this type of infection is more formally known as cystitis) and urethra (urethritis). Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "Is It a UTI or Yeast Infection? Here's How to Tell the Difference," 3 Feb. 2020 Although insects are very big in the blood-feeding world, leeches occupy a special place in the human imagination — somewhere between vampire bats and that tiny fish that was once reputed to swim up the human urethra. James Gorman, New York Times, "Meet the Bloodsuckers," 28 Oct. 2019 The man also didn't say how or why the tweezers wound up in his urethra. Laura Dorwart, Health.com, "This Man Had a 3-Inch Pair of Tweezers Stuck in His Urethra—But Showed No Symptoms for 4 Years," 11 Oct. 2019 Kidney stones, anatomic problems in the kidney, or an inflamed pouch on the urethra may also mimic a UTI. Dahna M. Chandler, Woman's Day, "The Most Common UTI Symptoms in Women," 22 May 2017 Male animals are more likely to suffer the harmful effects of uroliths because their urethras are smaller in diameter. Texas A&m University, Houston Chronicle, "PET TALK: The stone-cold facts of uroliths in livestock animals," 9 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of urethra

1634, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for urethra

Late Latin, from Greek ourēthra, from ourein to urinate

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The first known use of urethra was in 1634

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“Urethra.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urethra. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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urethra

noun
How to pronounce urethra (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of urethra

medical : the tube through which urine moves from the bladder and out of the body and that in men and male animals is also the means by which semen leaves the body

urethra

noun
ure·​thra | \ yu̇-ˈrē-thrə How to pronounce urethra (audio) \
plural urethras or urethrae\ -​(ˌ)thrē How to pronounce urethrae (audio) \

Medical Definition of urethra

: the canal that in most mammals carries off the urine from the bladder and in the male serves also as a passageway for semen

Other Words from urethra

urethral \ -​thrəl How to pronounce urethral (audio) \ adjective

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