Words nearby urethro-
WORDS THAT USE URETHRO-
What does urethro- mean?
Urethro- is a combining form used like a prefix representing the word urethra, the tube that carries the urine from the bladder outside the body. In male organisms, the urethra also conveys sperm. Urethro- is used in many medical terms.
Urethro- comes from the Greek ourḗthra, from the verb oureîn, “to urinate.” This verb is also the source of the English ureter, a tube in the body that carries urine from the kidneys to the bladder; combining forms representing ureter are uretero- and ureter-. Also ultimately deriving from the same root as urethra and ureter are the combining forms uro- and ur-, meaning “urine.”
What are variants of urethro-?
Examples of urethro-
One example of a medical term that features the combining form urethro- is urethrotomy, “an operation to cut a stricture of the urethra.”
The first part of the word urethro- refers to the urethra, as we’ve seen. The -tomy portion of the word means “cutting, incision,” from the Greek -tomia. Urethrotomy literally translates to “urethra cutting.”
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