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diuretic

[dahy-uh-ret-ik]
adjective
  1. increasing the volume of the urine excreted, as by a medicinal substance.
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noun
  1. a diuretic medicine or agent.
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Origin of diuretic

1375–1425; Middle English d(i)uretik < Late Latin diūrēticus < Greek diourētikós, equivalent to di- di-3 + ourē- (verbid stem of oureîn to urinate) + -tikos -tic
Related formsdi·u·ret·i·cal·ly, adverbdi·u·ret·i·cal·ness, nounun·di·u·ret·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for diuretic

diuretic

adjective
  1. acting to increase the flow of urine
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noun
  1. a drug or agent that increases the flow of urine
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Derived Formsdiuretically, adverbdiureticalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for diuretic

c.1400 (adjective and noun), from Old French diuretique, from Late Latin diureticus, from Greek diouretikos "prompting urine," from diourein "urinate," from dia "through" (see dia-) + ourein "urinate," from ouron (see urine).

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diuretic in Medicine

diuretic

(dī′ə-rĕtĭk)
adj.
  1. Tending to increase the discharge of urine./del
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n.
  1. A substance or drug that tends to increase the discharge of urine.
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diuretic in Science

diuretic

[dī′ə-rĕtĭk]
  1. A substance or drug that tends to increase the discharge of urine. Diuretics are used in the treatment of high blood pressure, edema, and other medical conditions.
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diuretic in Culture

diuretic

[(deye-uh-ret-ik)]

A substance that increases the rate of urine production.

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