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

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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 In July 2007, the doctor performed a cystoscopy, placing a tube in his urethra and then inserting a wire to guide a tiny camera and laser through it and into his bladder, medical board records state. Los Angeles Times, 14 July 2021 The opening through which urine passes, the urethra, is shorter than for a man. Susan Degrane, chicagotribune.com, 7 Apr. 2021 Damage to the urethra’s sphincter muscle over time and due to childbirth can keep it from closing properly. Susan Degrane, chicagotribune.com, 7 Apr. 2021 Cystoscopes, a thin tube with a camera that is inserted through the urethra and into the bladder; Ophthalmoscopes, an instrument for inspecting the retina and other parts of the eye; and Otoscopes, an instrument for inspecting the ears. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, 15 Jan. 2021 The infection usually starts when bacteria normally found in your bowels get into the urethra, where pee exits from. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 14 Aug. 2020 All this time, sphincter muscles in the pelvic floor that surround the urethra are keeping your bladder from leaking all over the place. Kasandra Brabaw, Health.com, 25 Aug. 2020 This originates in your urethra, the tube that allows urine to pass out of the body. Alice Oglethorpe, Good Housekeeping, 15 Aug. 2020 Similarly, stress incontinence can be fixed with the implantation of a small sling that holds the urethra in place. Alice Oglethorpe, Good Housekeeping, 15 Aug. 2020

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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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17 Jul 2021

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“Urethra.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urethra. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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urethra

noun

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 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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