[ol-i-gyoo r-ee-uh]

noun Pathology.

scantiness of urine due to diminished secretion.

Also ol·i·gu·re·sis [ol-i-gyoo-ree-sis] /ˌɒl ɪ gyʊˈri sɪs/.

Origin of oliguria

First recorded in 1895–1900; olig- + -uria
Related formsol·i·gu·ret·ic [ol-i-gyoo-ret-ik] /ˌɒl ɪ gyʊˈrɛt ɪk/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for oliguria

Historical Examples of oliguria

  • Oliguria is a common symptom of both adult and infantile scurvy.

    Scurvy Past and Present

    Alfred Fabian Hess

  • It is interesting to learn that oliguria occurs commonly in both adult and infantile beriberi.

    Scurvy Past and Present

    Alfred Fabian Hess

British Dictionary definitions for oliguria


oliguresis (ˌɒlɪɡjʊˈriːsɪs)


excretion of an abnormally small volume of urine, often as the result of a kidney disorderCompare anuria
Derived Formsoliguretic (ˌɒlɪɡjʊˈrɛtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for oliguria

C19: from oligo- + -uria
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Word Origin and History for oliguria

1843, from oligo- "small, little," + -uria, from Greek ouron "urine" (see urine).

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oliguria in Medicine




Abnormally slight or infrequent urination.
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