uri·​nal·​y·​sis | \ˌyər-ə-ˈna-lə-səs, ˌyu̇r-\
plural urinalyses\ˌyər-​ə-​ˈna-​lə-​ˌsēz, ˌyu̇r-​ \

Definition of urinalysis 

: chemical analysis of urine

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Tonya Couch, 50, was booked into the Tarrant County Jail in Texas for failing a urinalysis test, a county official told Fox News. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Mom of 'affluenza teen' arrested again," 29 Mar. 2018 That case, stemming from an Oklahoma school board's decision, focused on whether the school system violated the U.S. Constitution by subjecting students to random urinalysis screenings for drug use. John Sharp, AL.com, "Evangelist Scott Dawson, GOP candidate for governor, calls for drug testing in all Alabama schools," 11 Apr. 2018 There is no blood test, no X-ray, no urinalysis that pinpoints depression. Maggie Jones, New York Times, "A Reckoning With an Imperfect Science in ‘Blue Dreams’," 3 Apr. 2018 Upon release, Lintott will be subject to up to 12 urinalyses a month. Maxine Bernstein, OregonLive.com, "Career criminal sentenced for robbing four banks in 9 days," 2 Apr. 2018 Lord & Taylor, going up — eighth floor: robes, lingerie, hosiery; 11th floor: eye, ear, nose and throat clinic, chiropodist, dental care, urinalysis, hospital operating room. Ralph Blumenthal And Sandra Roff, New York Times, "Attention 1916 Shoppers: The Doctor Is In," 4 Mar. 2018 The traditional, most common method of monitoring for alcohol and/or illicit drug use is urinalysis, or testing of urine samples. Katy Moeller, idahostatesman, "You can lie about drinking, but your sweat can’t. Why aren’t more offenders wearing monitors?," 14 Feb. 2018 The first test — a routine urinalysis – showed that my kidneys were hemorrhaging protein, a sign of potential kidney disease or diabetes. Sarah Watts /, NBC News, "How 'defusing my thoughts' helped me claw my way back from debilitating anxiety," 23 Jan. 2018 Once diagnosed, your doctor can perform a urinalysis and bladder scan to determine how best to treat your nocturia. Richard Charney, Md, Philly.com, "Q&A: Why do I wake up so frequently to urinate?," 22 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of urinalysis

1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for urinalysis

New Latin, irregular from urin- + analysis

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uri·​nal·​y·​sis | \ˌyu̇r-ə-ˈnal-ə-səs \
plural urinalyses\-​ˌsēz \

Medical Definition of urinalysis 

: chemical analysis of urine

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