\ ˈyər-ən How to pronounce urine (audio) , 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 How to pronounce urine (audio) , ˈyu̇r-​ \ adjective

Examples of urine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Guards found no drugs and Irizarry tested clean after guards forced him to take a urine test in front of a female officer, the suit says. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "Man with mental illness disappeared hours after release from Cuyahoga County Jail, family accuses jail of switching meds," 28 Feb. 2021 The Air Force at the time tested contaminated soil in Palomares, and took urine samples of the troops who took part in the cleanup, but the Air Force didn’t fully trust the readings so ignored some of them, according to court documents. Ben Kesling, WSJ, "VA Must Re-Examine Policy on Vets Exposed to Radiation, Court Says," 31 Dec. 2020 One hurdle to intensive online rehab involves drug testing of patients, who would ordinarily give saliva or urine samples under in-person supervision. The Salt Lake Tribune, "AA to Zoom: Substance abuse treatment goes online," 29 Nov. 2020 Hydration was regularly monitored through post-practice urine samples. Nathan Fenno, Los Angeles Times, "UCLA football remains success-starved, but no program is eating richer," 27 Oct. 2020 The dogs are learning odor imprinting and will sniff out the difference between positive and negative COVID-19 saliva and urine samples from the lab before testing their skills on humans. Iris Katz, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Pet Wise: Can the amazing canine nose detect coronavirus? Doggone right it can.," 17 Oct. 2020 Ultimately, a judge granted a delay on the tests—urine samples, which had been administered by multiple people in a single bathroom stall and offered no way to socially distance. Kate Cray, The Atlantic, "How Do You Find a Home for a Foster Child at a Time Like This?," 11 Oct. 2020 By late May 2016, he was jailed for what corrections officials described as a probation violation after a urine test was positive for oxycodone. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "'Saved by the Bell' alum Dustin Diamond has been diagnosed with cancer," 15 Jan. 2021 But there’s a reason few respectable restaurants do a urine test. Jeff Winkler, The Atlantic, "The Art of Cooking While Everything Burns," 30 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of urine was in the 14th century

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3 Mar 2021

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“Urine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urine. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of urine

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


\ ˈyu̇r-ən How to pronounce urine (audio) \

Kids Definition of urine

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


\ ˈyu̇r-ən How to pronounce urine (audio) \

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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