[ yoo-ree-ter ]

nounAnatomy, Zoology.
  1. a muscular duct or tube conveying the urine from a kidney to the bladder or cloaca.

Origin of ureter

First recorded in 1570–80; from New Latin ūrētēr, from Greek ourētḗr, equivalent to ourē- (derivative stem of oureîn) + -tēr noun suffix; see urinate)

Other words from ureter

  • u·re·ter·al, u·re·ter·ic [yoor-i-ter-ik], /ˌyʊər ɪˈtɛr ɪk/, adjective
  • post·u·re·ter·al, adjective
  • post·u·re·ter·ic, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for ureter


/ (jʊˈriːtə) /

  1. the tube that conveys urine from the kidney to the urinary bladder or cloaca

Origin of ureter

C16: via New Latin from Greek ourētēr, from ourein to urinate

Derived forms of ureter

  • ureteral or ureteric (ˌjʊərɪˈtɛrɪk), adjective

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Scientific definitions for ureter


[ yu-rētər, yurĭ-tər ]

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

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