[ yoo-ree-ter ]
/ yʊˈri tər /

noun Anatomy, Zoology.

a muscular duct or tube conveying the urine from a kidney to the bladder or cloaca.

Origin of ureter

1570–80; < New Latin < Greek ourētḗr, equivalent to ourē- (verbid stem of oureîn to urinate) + -tēr noun suffix
Related formsu·re·ter·al, u·re·ter·ic [yoo r-i-ter-ik] /ˌyʊər ɪˈtɛr ɪk/, adjectivepost·u·re·ter·al, adjectivepost·u·re·ter·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ureter


/ (jʊˈriːtə) /


the tube that conveys urine from the kidney to the urinary bladder or cloaca
Derived Formsureteral or ureteric (ˌjʊərɪˈtɛrɪk), adjective

Word Origin for ureter

C16: via New Latin from Greek ourētēr, from ourein to urinate
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Word Origin and History for ureter


1570s, from medical Latin ureter, from Greek oureter, from ourein "to urinate," from ouron (see urine).

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Medicine definitions for ureter


[ yu-rētər, yurĭ-tər ]


The long narrow duct that conveys urine from the kidney to the urinary bladder.
Related formsu•reter•al null adj.
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Science definitions for ureter


[ yu-rētər, yurĭ-tər ]

Either of two long, narrow ducts that in vertebrates carry urine from each kidney to the urinary bladder.
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