noun Anatomy, Zoology.
a muscular duct or tube conveying the urine from a kidney to the bladder or cloaca.
Origin of ureter
1570–80;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
< New Latin
< Greek ourētḗr,
equivalent to ourē-
(verbid stem of oureîn
) + -tēr
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Derived Formsureteral or ureteric (ˌjʊərɪˈtɛrɪk), adjective
the tube that conveys urine from the kidney to the urinary bladder or cloaca
Word Origin for ureter
C16: via New Latin from Greek ourētēr, from ourein to urinate
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Word Origin and History for ureters
1570s, from medical Latin ureter, from Greek oureter, from ourein "to urinate," from ouron (see urine).
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Related formsu•re′ter•al null adj.
The long narrow duct that conveys urine from the kidney to the urinary bladder.
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Either of two long, narrow ducts that in vertebrates carry urine from each kidney to the urinary bladder.
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