- the membranous tube that extends from the urinary bladder to the exterior and that in the male conveys semen as well as urine.
Origin of urethra
1625–35; < Late Latin < Greek ourḗthra, equivalent to ourē- (see ureter) + -thra noun suffix
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Examples from the Web for urethral
It is supposed to correspond pathogenetically to urethral fever produced by the passage of a catheter.
A gouty taint is undoubtedly often present in urethral rheumatism.
These drops are, he states, derived solely from the glands of Littré and the glands of Cowper (urethral and suburethral glands).The Sexual Life of the Child
Before passing the catheter, the nurse carefully wipes away the mucus from the urethral orifice.
A urethral caruncle is a bright red, tender tumour, usually on the posterior portion of the urethral orifice.
- the canal that in most mammals conveys urine from the bladder out of the body. In human males it also conveys semen
C17: via Late Latin from Greek ourēthra, from ourein to urinate
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Word Origin and History for urethral
"canal through which urine is discharged from the bladder," 1630s, from Late Latin urethra, from Greek ourethra "the passage for urine," coined by Hippocrates from ourein "to urinate," from ouron (see urine).
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- The canal through which urine is discharged from the bladder in most mammals and through which semen is discharged in the male.urogenital canal
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- The duct through which urine passes from the bladder to the outside of the body in most mammals and some fish and birds. In males, the urethra passes through the penis and also serves as the duct for the release of sperm, which enter the urethra from the vas deferens.
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