diuretic [ dahy- uh- ret-ik ] SHOW IPA / ˌdaɪ əˈrɛt ɪk / PHONETIC RESPELLING EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective increasing the volume of the urine excreted, as by a medicinal substance. noun a diuretic medicine or agent. Origin of diuretic 1375–1425; Middle English d(i)uretik
Late Latin diūrēticus
di- di- 3
(verbid stem of
to urinate) +
-tikos -tic Related forms di·u·ret·i·cal·ly, adverb di·u·ret·i·cal·ness, noun un·di·u·ret·ic, adjective
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Another issue is that alcohol is a
diuretic and being dehydrated will certainly interfere with your speed and endurance.
Alcohol is a
diuretic, which means incessant peeing, and an increased chance of dehydration.
diuretic action is extremely feeble, and neither the plant nor asparagine is now used medicinally.
The roots of asparagus were formerly used as an aperient medicine, and the fruits were likewise employed as a
diuretic. British Dictionary definitions for diuretic adjective acting to increase the flow of urine noun a drug or agent that increases the flow of urine Derived Forms diuretically, adverb diureticalness, 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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Medicine definitions for diuretic adj. Tending to increase the discharge of urine./del n. A substance or drug that tends to increase the discharge of urine.
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Science definitions for diuretic 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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Culture definitions for diuretic
A substance that increases the rate of
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