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[ mik-chuh-rish-uh n ]
/ ˌmɪk tʃəˈrɪʃ ən /


the act of passing urine; urination.

Nearby words

microzoon, micrurgical, micrurgy, miction, micturate, micturition, mid, mid east, mid glamorgan, mid off, mid on

Origin of micturition

1715–25; < Latin micturī(re) to desire to urinate (see micturate) + -tion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for micturition



1725, "the need very badly to urinate," from Latin micturitum, from past participle of micturire "to desire to urinate," desiderative of mingere "to urinate," from PIE *meigh- "to urinate" (cf. Sanskrit mehati "urinates;" Avestan maezaiti "urinates;" Greek omeikhein "to urinate;" Armenian mizem "urinate;" Lithuanian minžu "urinate;" Old English migan "to urinate," micga "urine," meox "dung, filth"). As during the final 20 minutes of a 4-hour film after drinking a 32-ounce Mountain Dew from the snack bar and the movie ends with a drawn-out farewell scene while Frodo is standing on the pier and wavelets lap audibly on the dock the whole time as if the director was a sadist set on compounding your torment.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for micturition


[ mĭk′chə-rĭshən, -tə- ]


The desire to urinate.
The frequency of urination.
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