ure·​thri·​tis | \ ˌyu̇r-i-ˈthrī-təs How to pronounce urethritis (audio) \

Definition of urethritis

: inflammation of the urethra

Examples of urethritis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Most UTIs stay in the urethra (called urethritis) and bladder (called cystitis), per the Mayo Clinic. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "8 Things You Should Know If You Get Recurrent UTIs," 8 Nov. 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 Although there aren’t currently any guidelines for treating an M. genitalium infection specifically, the CDC treatment guidelines recommend standard antibiotics for people with urethritis, cervicitis, and pelvic inflammatory disease. Claire Gillespie, SELF, "The FDA Just Approved the First Test for Mycoplasma Genitalium, a Commonly Misdiagnosed STI," 1 Feb. 2019 Men are the target group in the program, Dunne explains, because the yield for isolating N. gonorrheae is very high among men who have urethritis compared with women and those who are asymptomatic. Sophie Cousins, CNN, "Wherever you are in the world, time is running out for treating gonorrhea," 15 May 2018 This could be one of many things, Dr. Kaufman says, including prostatitis (swelling of the prostate) or urethritis (inflammation of the urethra). Korin Miller, SELF, "7 Penis Problems Your Partner Should Probably Get Checked Out," 21 July 2017 Keep in mind that young children might instead get a diaper rash, and boys might get urethritis, a yeast infection of the urethra. Barbara Brody, Woman's Day, "7 Signs You May Have Type 2 Diabetes," 29 June 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'urethritis.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of urethritis

circa 1823, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for urethritis

New Latin

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about urethritis

Time Traveler for urethritis

Time Traveler

The first known use of urethritis was circa 1823

See more words from the same year

Statistics for urethritis

Cite this Entry

“Urethritis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urethritis. Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for urethritis


ure·​thri·​tis | \ ˌyu̇r-i-ˈthrīt-əs How to pronounce urethritis (audio) \

Medical Definition of urethritis

: inflammation of the urethra

More from Merriam-Webster on urethritis

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about urethritis

Comments on urethritis

What made you want to look up urethritis? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!