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[yoo r-uh-thrahy-tis]
noun Pathology.
  1. inflammation of the urethra.
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Origin of urethritis

From New Latin, dating back to 1815–25; see origin at urethr-, -itis
Related formsu·re·thrit·ic [yoo r-uh-thrit-ik] /ˌyʊər əˈθrɪt ɪk/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for urethritis

Historical Examples of urethritis

  • More than one observer has noticed a susceptibility to urethritis on the part of persons who have had gonorrhoeal rheumatism.

    A System of Practical Medicine By American Authors, Vol. II


  • Every stallion suffering from urethritis should be withheld from service, as should mares with leucorrhea.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    United States Department of Agriculture

  • He was admitted to the sick list, 9-16-58, diagnosis, "urethritis acute due to gonococcus."

    Warren Commission (8 of 26): Hearings Vol. VIII (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

British Dictionary definitions for urethritis


  1. inflammation of the urethra
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Derived Formsurethritic (ˌjʊərɪˈθrɪtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for urethritis

C19: from New Latin, from Late Latin urethra
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Word Origin and History for urethritis


1823, from urethra + -itis.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

urethritis in Medicine


  1. Inflammation of the urethra.
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