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 UTIs occur when bacteria enter your body through the urethra and multiply in your bladder. Samantha Lauriello, Health.com, "What Does It Mean if You’re Peeing Blood? We Asked a Doctor," 9 Sep. 2019 The consumed poultry winds up in a person’s gut and can get transferred through fecal residue to the urethra. Matt Richtel, New York Times, "Urinary Tract Infections Affect Millions. The Cures Are Faltering.," 6 Apr. 2019 Kidney infection Kidney infection (or pyelonephritis) is a type of UTI that generally begins in your urethra or bladder and travels to one or both of your kidneys. Samantha Lauriello, Health.com, "What Does It Mean if You’re Peeing Blood? We Asked a Doctor," 9 Sep. 2019 An infection of the urethra itself (urethritis) can cause discharge and burning with urination. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Here’s Why You Should Always Wipe Front-to-Back," 9 Mar. 2019 Wipe from front to back, change your tampon frequently, and wash your hands before any physical contact around the urethra or vaginal area. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "Do I Always Have to Pee After Sex?," 9 Aug. 2019 At the Institute for Regenerative Medicine, researchers have created skin and cartilage, urethras and bladders. New York Times, "Why Midsize Cities Struggle to Catch Up to Superstar Cities," 16 July 2019 Doctors examined the woman’s bladder by performing a cystoscopy, when a tube equipped with a lens is inserted through the urethra and into the bladder, and captured a particularly gross video. Samantha Lauriello, Health.com, "This Woman Had Feces Leaking Into Her Bladder—and Yes, It’s as Gross as It Sounds," 2 July 2019 In women, the urethra — the gateway to the urinary tract — is in proximity to the rectum. Matt Richtel, New York Times, "Urinary Tract Infections Affect Millions. The Cures Are Faltering.," 6 Apr. 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

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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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