[ ol-i-gyoo r-ee-uh ]
/ ˌɒl ɪˈgyʊər i ə /

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

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

    Scurvy Past and Present|Alfred Fabian Hess
  • Oliguria is a common symptom of both adult and infantile scurvy.

    Scurvy Past and Present|Alfred Fabian Hess

British Dictionary definitions for oliguria


oliguresis (ˌɒlɪɡjʊˈriːsɪs)

/ (ˌɒlɪˈɡjʊərɪə) /


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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for oliguria


[ ŏl′ĭ-gyurē-ə ]


Abnormally slight or infrequent urination.
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