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

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Women appear to have a higher incidence of urinary tract infections (an issue not unique to spaceflight, as any woman will tell you). National Geographic, "Here’s why women may be the best suited for spaceflight," 17 June 2019 Patients developed hepatitis B, meningitis, and urinary tract, e. coli and staph infections, the court document claims. Jessica Seaman, The Denver Post, "At least one death, “hundreds of severe infections” linked to Porter hospital’s use of contaminated surgical instruments, lawsuit alleges," 16 June 2019 Cons: Not for those allergic to silicone or spermicide; can be tricky to insert; may lead to more urinary infections. The Editors, Marie Claire, "Every Contraception Method Out There," 14 June 2019 Cranberries help by interfering with the ability of bacteria to stick to the walls of the urinary tract. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "6 Health Benefits of Cranberries," 7 June 2019 Those surgeries addressed health issues including diverticulitis, a urinary tract infection and removal of a cancerous lump. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Former Warriors head coach Al Attles attends Game 4 of NBA Finals at Oracle," 7 June 2019 The drug is a decades-old antibiotic used to treat urinary-tract infections caused by Escherichia coli and certain other Gram-negative bacteria. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Pharma CEO jacks drug price 400%, citing “moral requirement to make money”," 11 Sep. 2018 The seed for Venter’s quest was planted in 1995, when his team deciphered the genome of Mycoplasma genitalium, a microbe that lives in the human urinary tract. Quanta Magazine, "In Newly Created Life-Form, a Major Mystery," 24 Mar. 2016 Sepsis is a bloodstream infection that can develop in bedridden patients with pneumonia, urinary tract infections and other conditions, such as pressure sores. Joe Mahr, chicagotribune.com, "Understaffed nursing homes face hefty fines under newly passed Illinois legislation," 4 June 2019

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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 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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