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[yoo-ree-ter] /yʊˈri tər/
noun, Anatomy, Zoology.
a muscular duct or tube conveying the urine from a kidney to the bladder or cloaca.
Origin of ureter
1570-80; < New Latin < Greek ourētḗr, equivalent to ourē- (verbid stem of oureîn to urinate) + -tēr noun suffix
Related forms
ureteral, ureteric
[yoo r-i-ter-ik] /ˌyʊər ɪˈtɛr ɪk/ (Show IPA),
postureteral, adjective
postureteric, adjective Unabridged
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the tube that conveys urine from the kidney to the urinary bladder or cloaca
Derived Forms
ureteral, ureteric (ˌjʊərɪˈtɛrɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C16: via New Latin from Greek ourētēr, from ourein to urinate
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Word Origin and History for ureter

1570s, from medical Latin ureter, from Greek oureter, from ourein "to urinate," from ouron (see urine).

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ureter in Medicine

ureter u·re·ter (yu-rē'tər, yur'ĭ-tər)
The long narrow duct that conveys urine from the kidney to the urinary bladder.

u·re'ter·al or u're·ter'ic (yur'ĭ-těr'ĭk) adj.
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ureter in Science
  (y-rē'tər, yr'ĭ-tər)   
Either of two long, narrow ducts that in vertebrates carry urine from each kidney to the urinary bladder.
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