\ 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 urethra: This is the tunnel through which urine and semen travel. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "11 Things Everyone Should Know About Uncircumcised Penises," 29 Dec. 2018 What’s worse than having to clean urine and excrement off the floor (hopefully only the floor) of your own house? Helene Rubinstein, Popular Mechanics, "How to Housebreak a Puppy," 30 Nov. 2018 Police say the dog, a one-year-old cavachon, had wet paws that smelled like urine and the cage was not big enough. Pioneer Press, chicagotribune.com, "Vernon Hills police: Woman charged with animal cruelty after dog found in hot garage," 1 July 2018 The funnel won’t absorb urine and actually sheds moisture quickly. Anna Callaghan, Outside Online, "Our Favorite Pee Funnels," 6 June 2018 Liz Dufour Workers removed torn sheets of cardboard, tarps, bottles filled with urine and other trash under the Interstate 71 overpass near Third Street Friday morning. Sam Rosenstiel, Cincinnati.com, "'Nobody is evicted:' Cincinnati scrubs tent city beneath I-71 overpass near Third Street," 13 Apr. 2018 Believed to be the most comprehensive and independent in Olympic history, more than 2400 urine and blood tests are planned. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "'Snow White' opens at Nathaniel Center in Kingwood April 13," 6 Apr. 2018 That’s why Jordan and eight others showed up Wednesday to give samples of blood, urine and saliva and complete a 140-question background questionnaire. Kent Somers, azcentral, "Ex-NFL star Steve Jordan helps kick off study for detecting CTE in living people," 29 Mar. 2018 Now, scientists have figured out how to use atomic force microscopy (AFM) to detect bladder cancer in urine samples. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Just pee in a cup for bladder cancer detection," 10 Dec. 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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The first known use of urine was in the 14th century

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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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