urethra

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

Other Words from urethra

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

Examples of urethra in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Non-hormonal options affect sperm production or function at the sperm level—for example, by blocking the vas deferens (the tubes that carry sperm from the testes through the urethra) and destroying the sperm. Erica Sweeney, Men's Health, 29 Aug. 2022 For instance, a person infected with monkeypox can test positive for the virus from a sample from the urethra, but the infection might not be detected on the skin. Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2022 For Hall, a lesion in his urethra has left him dreading urinating. Benjamin Ryan, NBC News, 6 July 2022 The text also reveals that the inside of the guy's urethra was built practically, the last design of production designer Arv Greywal, who died in October 2020. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 3 June 2022 In men, the urethra goes right through the prostate. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 11 May 2022 Researchers think having low levels of the hormone estrogen after menopause may weaken the urethra. Jessica Migala, Health.com, 22 Feb. 2022 Enlargement of the prostate frequently causes partial obstruction of the urethra, and having to push to begin urinating is a common symptom of prostate enlargement in men. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 11 May 2022 On a very rare occasion, the vas deferens (the tubes that chauffeur sperm from the testicles to the urethra) can spontaneously reconnect, allowing sperm to schmooze with the semen again. Anna Pulley, Chicago Tribune, 10 May 2022 See More

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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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27 Sep 2022

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“Urethra.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urethra. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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urethra

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

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