urethra

noun ure·thra \ yu̇-ˈrē-thrə \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of urethra

plural urethras or urethrae play \yu̇-ˈrē-(ˌ)thrē\
: the canal that in most mammals carries off the urine from the bladder and in the male serves also as a passageway for semen

urethral

play \yu̇-ˈrē-thrəl\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of urethra

Late Latin, from Greek ourēthra, from ourein to urinate


URETHRA Defined for English Language Learners

urethra

noun

Definition of urethra for English Language Learners

  • 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


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urethra

noun ure·thra \ yu̇-ˈrē-thrə \

medical Definition of urethra

plural urethras or urethrae play \-(ˌ)thrē\
: the canal that in most mammals carries off the urine from the bladder and in the male serves also as a passageway for semen

urethral

play \-thrəl\ adjective

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