uri·​nary | \ˈyər-ə-ˌner-ē, 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

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One recent morning LisaRose Wright, 53, woke up with the telltale signs of a urinary tract infection. Barbara Brody, Woman's Day, "Here's Everything You Need to Know About Telemedicine," 23 Aug. 2018 Women know all too well about having a urinary tract infection (UTI). Amy Capetta, Redbook, "6 Signs of UTI That You'll Hopefully Never Experience," 6 Aug. 2018 That same year, Raylene’s 15-year-old brother died after falling ill from a urinary tract blockage. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Faith Healer Parents Plead Guilty in the Death of Baby After They Chose Prayer Over Medical Help," 10 July 2018 Anandkumar says the compound has shown effectiveness against lung, blood and urinary tract infections in animals. Ari Altstedter, Bloomberg.com, "The Startups Waging War Against Superbugs," 25 June 2018 This also means that patients experience higher rates of erectile-function recovery and a faster return to urinary continence. WSJ, "Is Robotic Prostate Surgery Better Than Traditional Surgery?," 24 June 2018 In January, Tweedy attributed positive tests for amphetamines and methamphetamine to prescription medicine used to treat bronchitis and urinary tract infections. Stephen Hudak, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Father whose son died in hit-and-run softened his harsh opinion of driver found dead," 18 June 2018 There are cases in which surgery may be warranted; being born without a urinary opening, for instance, is life-threatening, and as such, advocates support surgical intervention. Katie Heaney, The Cut, "New California Bill Would Protect Intersex People From Unnecessary Surgeries," 12 June 2018 The disappearance of stones in the urinary tract is particularly well documented in England. Daniel C. Schlenoff, Scientific American, "50/100/150 Years Ago: The Politics of Urban Riots in 1968," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of urinary

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

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 \

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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