uri·​nary | \ ˈyər-ə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce urinary (audio) , ˈyu̇r- \

Definition of urinary

1 : relating to, occurring in, affecting, or constituting the organs concerned with the formation and discharge of urine the urinary system the urinary tract urinary calculi
2 : of, relating to, or for urine
3 : excreted as or in urine urinary sugar

Examples of urinary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two groups of bacteria are also on the list: Acinetobacter, which is commonly found in soil and water and can cause infections in blood, the urinary tract, and the lungs, or in open wounds; and carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "Dangerous superbugs kill more people than previously thought," 13 Nov. 2019 The bacteria, which can cause pneumonia and/or bloodstream- and urinary-tract infections, are already resistant to many antibiotics, and frequently contaminate health-care facility surfaces and medical equipment. Anchorage Daily News, "Deadly superbugs pose greater threat than previously estimated," 13 Nov. 2019 For example, urinary tract infections have been easily treated in doctor’s offices with common antibiotics. BostonGlobe.com, "The new report marks only the second time the CDC has tried to measure the numbers of US illnesses and deaths attributed to drug-resistant germs.," 14 Nov. 2019 Learning of her urinary incontinence, followed by fecal incontinence, felt somehow wrong, as did episodes of acute paranoia and violent thrashing. Katie Hafner, Washington Post, "He critiqued a callous health-care system. Then he experienced it firsthand.," 8 Nov. 2019 Erectile dysfunction can occur, along with urinary incontinence. Jon Kelvey, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "For low-risk prostate cancer, active surveillance often beats surgery," 16 Oct. 2019 Kegel exercises may help reinforce your pelvic floor and combat urinary incontinence, Dr. Ross says. Korin Miller, SELF, "9 Ways Your Vagina Might Change After You Give Birth," 18 Sep. 2019 Her life had been reduced to a misery of symptoms ranging from urinary-tract infections to intense sensitivity to cold. The Economist, "Will there ever be a cure for chronic pain?," 20 Sep. 2019 The doctor ordered blood tests and an imaging test of his urinary tract. BostonGlobe.com, "The Boston Globe," 19 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of urinary

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of urinary was in 1578

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9 Dec 2019

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“Urinary.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urinary. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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How to pronounce urinary (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of urinary

: relating to the parts of the body in which urine is produced and through which urine passes
: relating to or used for urine


uri·​nary | \ ˈyu̇r-ə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce urinary (audio) \

Kids Definition of urinary

: of or relating to urine or the parts of the body through which it passes the urinary bladder


uri·​nary | \ ˈyu̇r-ə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce urinary (audio) \

Medical Definition of urinary

1 : relating to, occurring in, or constituting the organs concerned with the formation and discharge of urine
2 : of, relating to, or for urine
3 : excreted as or in urine urinary sugar

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