[ ur-juh n-see ]
/ ˈɜr dʒən si /

noun, plural ur·gen·cies.

urgent character; imperativeness; insistence; importunateness.
urgencies, urgent requirements or needs.

Nearby words

  1. urfé,
  2. urga,
  3. urge,
  4. urge incontinence,
  5. urgel,
  6. urgency incontinence,
  7. urgent,
  8. urgent care,
  9. urgent care center,
  10. urgently

Origin of urgency

1530–40; < Late Latin urgentia pressure; see urgent, -ency

Related formssu·per·ur·gen·cy, noun

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Word Origin and History for urgency



1530s; see urgent + -cy.

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Medicine definitions for urgency


[ ûrjən-sē ]


A strong desire to urinate, accompanied by a fear of leakage.

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