\ 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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Other Words from urine

urinous \ ˈyər-​ə-​nəs How to pronounce urine (audio) , ˈyu̇r-​ \ adjective

Examples of urine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the tests resulted from urine samples taken before the lockout started Dec. 2. Jason Mastrodonato, courant.com, 4 Apr. 2022 The study found extremely low levels of BPF and BPS in urine samples and did not find any consistent associations with respiratory outcomes. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 18 Mar. 2022 Hair, blood and urine samples showed no evidence of doping, California racing officials said on Friday. New York Times, 21 Feb. 2022 The necropsy on Medina Spirit found the anti-ulcer medication omeprazole and the diuretic Lasix in blood and urine samples consistent with the medication report filed with CHRB by the attending veterinarian. CBS News, 11 Feb. 2022 According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the process involves collecting urine samples from participants before and after the experiment. Michelle Shen, USA TODAY, 8 Feb. 2022 The determination was made through urine samples tested by a lab in New York. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 6 Dec. 2021 Santa Anita released a statement as well, according to AP, noting blood, hair, and urine samples were taken from the horse and sent to the California Horse Racing Board. Natasha Dado, PEOPLE.com, 6 Dec. 2021 The exam normally involves gathering information such as your height, weight and blood pressure, and providing blood and urine samples. John Egan, Robb Report, 20 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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“Urine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urine. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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\ 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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