\ˈyər-ən, ˈyu̇r-\

Definition of urine 

: waste material that is secreted by the kidney in vertebrates, is rich in end products of protein metabolism together with salts and pigments, and forms a clear amber and usually slightly acid fluid in mammals but is semisolid in birds and reptiles

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urinous \ˈyər-ə-nəs, ˈyu̇r- \ adjective

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The cruelty to animals charge came as a result of police finding a cat locked in a small pet carrier in a closet of the home, soaked in urine and without access to food or water. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "He beat his pregnant fiancée 'unrecognizable,' and she tried to protect him, NM cops say | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 15 May 2018 At the 2015 Tour de France, for instance, Froome claimed he was doused in urine by a spectator. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Cycling Star Chris Froome Is Racing in the Giro d’Italia, and It’s Awkward," 3 May 2018 Wood frogs hold in urine all winter as a survival mechanism by recycling urea, according to a study published Tuesday. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Wood frogs' winter survival may depend on holding in urine: study," 2 May 2018 Arnold said symptoms of the outbreak have included severe bloody noses, coughing up blood, bleeding gums and blood in urine. NBC News, "Illinois reports rash of severe bleeding among synthetic pot users," 30 Mar. 2018 Daily consumption of cow urine will also help increase people's immunity. Kelly Kazek, AL.com, "Indian doctor has your health drink substitute: cow urine," 22 Feb. 2018 Symptoms can take one to two weeks — even up to seven weeks — to surface and include darker urine, lighter stools, flu-like symptoms and yellowing of the eyes and skin. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Indiana sees first death connected to multi-state hepatitis A outbreak," 11 July 2018 Each animal that comes under the care of the Myanmar team undergoes extensive testing, with researchers collecting saliva, urine, feces and blood. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "A Never-Before-Seen Virus Has Been Detected in Myanmar’s Bats," 11 July 2018 Hepatitis A symptoms include: sudden abdominal pain, fever, fatigue, diarrhea, nausea, headache, dark urine, and vomiting followed by yellowing of the skin and eyes. Paul Sisson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Hepatitis A case prompts National City treatment center warning," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of urine

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for urine

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin urina, from urinari to dive; akin to Sanskrit vār water and perhaps to Sanskrit varṣati it rains, Greek ourein to urinate

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English Language Learners Definition of urine

medical : waste liquid that collects in the bladder before leaving the body


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Kids Definition of urine

: the yellowish liquid produced by the kidneys and given off from the body as waste


\ˈyu̇r-ən \

Medical Definition of urine 

: waste material that is secreted by the kidney, is rich in end products (as urea, uric acid, and creatinine) of protein metabolism together with salts and pigments, and forms a clear amber and usually slightly acid fluid

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