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[yoo r-uh-nl] /ˈyʊər ə nl/
a flushable wall fixture, as in a public lavatory, used by men for urinating.
a building or enclosure containing such fixtures.
a receptacle to receive the urine of a person with urinary incontinence or that of a bedridden person.
Origin of urinal
1225-75; Middle English < Old French < Late Latin ūrīnāle, neuter of ūrīnalis of urine. See urine, -al2 Unabridged
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  • The development of the urinal, showers, wash trays, drinking fountains and other fixtures I will not attempt to cover.

    Elements of Plumbing Samuel Dibble
  • urinal cans must also be provided and cared for in a similar manner.

  • Keep the night-stool and urinal ready for whenever he calls, and take it back when done with.

  • They did right to put him up over a urinal: meeting of the waters.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • It accumulates upon the few hairs that fringe the urinal orifice, and sometimes almost impedes the passage of the water.

    The Dog Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
  • Death introduces an old man to a physician who is inspecting a urinal.

    The Dance of Death Francis Douce
  • With reference to the formation of the urinal cloaca there is not much to say.

British Dictionary definitions for urinal


/jʊˈraɪnəl; ˈjʊərɪ-/
a sanitary fitting, esp one fixed to a wall, used by men for urination
a room containing urinals
any vessel for holding urine prior to its disposal
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Word Origin and History for urinal

late 13c., "glass vial to receive urine for medical inspection," from Old French urinal, from Late Latin urinal, from Latin urinalis (adj.) "relating to urine," from urina (see urine). Meaning "chamber pot" is from late 15c. Modern sense of "fixture for urinating (for men)" is attested from 1851.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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urinal in Medicine

urinal u·ri·nal (yur'ə-nəl)
A vessel into which urine is passed.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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