\ 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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The plan for long missions is also to collect every trace of moisture from breath, sweat and urine, put it through reverse osmosis and add it to the drinking water supply. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Long-term space journeys to allow humans to become almost completely self-sufficient," 8 June 2019 Her urine is also clear which is another good sign. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Cat Fighting for Life After Someone Sets Firecracker Off Inside of Her," 11 July 2018 Mostly, her urine was dirty from her drug relapses. Yosha Gunasekera, Marie Claire, "How One Woman's Sexual Abuse Resulted in Years Behind Bars," 11 May 2018 Sunset added another $850 fee to verify that the urine hadn’t been adulterated, among other charges. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Woman billed $17,850 for dodgy pee test. Alarmed experts say she’s not alone," 19 Feb. 2018 Laundresses tread clothing in vats of urine, the only thing strong enough to shift bloodstains. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: From Great War to Trojan War," 6 Sep. 2018 Parisian leaders are trying to tackle a problem that is evident to anyone who’s ever tried to catch a glimpse of a historic site in a historic city and instead caught a foul-smelling whiff of stale urine. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., The Seattle Times, "Paris tries a solution to peeing on historic streets: open sidewalk urinals," 14 Aug. 2018 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

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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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