\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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To begin to address the problem immediately, the authors call for wider use of urine culture tests. Bartie Scott, Teen Vogue, "UTIs Are Reportedly Becoming More Resistant to Antibiotics," 23 Aug. 2018 Health workers also found that a newborn had been exposed to the virus in utero and had detectable measles virus in their urine and respiratory tract directly after birth. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Vaccine-refusing community drove outbreak that cost $395K, sickened babies," 30 July 2018 The skin cells in her saliva, the bladder cells in her urine and her blood cells each originated from a different layer of cells in two-week-old embryos. New York Times, "Every Cell in Your Body Has the Same DNA. Except It Doesn’t.," 21 May 2018 Gin's findings also included a toxicology report, which found traces of cocaine, cannabis and codeine in Clark's system, as well as traces of codeine and hydrocodone in his urine. Nashelly Chavez, sacbee, "What you need to know about the Stephon Clark shooting in Sacramento | The Sacramento Bee," 1 May 2018 In addition, a toxicology report showed traces of cocaine, cannabis and codeine in his system, with codeine and hydrocodone found in his urine. Monique Judge, The Root, "#StephonClark: Sacramento County, Calif., Coroner Releases Autopsy Report," 1 May 2018 The results from the Laboratory of Forensic Services show Clark tested positive for ethanol (0.08 percent), cocaine metabolite, cannabinoids, codeine, alprazolam and etizolam in his blood and codeine and hydrocdone in his urine. CBS News, "Coroner releases Stephon Clark autopsy, but it differs from private one commissioned by family," 1 May 2018 Wikimedia The mice shed the virus in their urine, droppings and saliva. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Mice-borne hantavirus kills young mom; here's what you need to know | The Kansas City Star," 23 Apr. 2018 Marilyn was 44, an administrator at a retirement community, when a routine check-up detected an abnormal antibody, called monoclonal protein, in her urine. Marie Mccullough, Philly.com, "Her identical twin saved her life 25 years ago. Now they're cancer activists," 17 Apr. 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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