\ 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 urinous (audio) , ˈyu̇r-​ \ adjective

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Now, with humans flooding the area and routinely relieving themselves on various hiking trails, the goats have developed an insatiable thirst for urine, which serves as a strong source of salt and minerals. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Mountain Goats Are Being Airlifted Out of a National Park Because They Crave Human Pee," 28 Sep. 2018 Instead of swapping dirty samples for clean urine in the dead of night, emails and lab records provided by doping whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov describe a looser, more informal system. James Ellingworth, The Seattle Times, "Russia tries to shake off doping scandals at World Cup," 3 July 2018 The test can be performed using vaginal, endocervical, or urethral swab, as well as a urine sample, Damon Getman, Ph.D., senior principal research scientist and director of research at Hologic, tells SELF. Claire Gillespie, SELF, "The FDA Just Approved the First Test for Mycoplasma Genitalium, a Commonly Misdiagnosed STI," 1 Feb. 2019 The thing is that this liquid doesn’t all become urine at once. Kimberly Truong, SELF, "Is ‘Breaking the Seal’ When You Drink Alcohol Really a Thing?," 16 Mar. 2019 No cat is truly free of allergens, which are found not just on skin but also in saliva and urine. Kim Campbell Thornton, sacbee, "Cats’ quirks? Read about breeds," 27 June 2018 Deputies did find a plastic pumpkin with urine inside in the girl's room, according to the site. Scott Berson, miamiherald, "5-year-old was locked in her room - then was found dangling from the window, Minnesota cops say," 19 June 2018 Litter boxes that aren’t cleaned regularly enough can contain buildups of urine and feces, resulting in dangerous ammonia fumes. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "How Cat Poop Can Affect Your Health," 9 Aug. 2018 The rest is excreted in urine or feces, and can end up in wastewater, according to Harvard Health Publishing. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Cocaine in the Water Is Hurting River Eels," 20 June 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


\ 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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