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[yoo r-uh-nl]
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  1. a flushable wall fixture, as in a public lavatory, used by men for urinating.
  2. a building or enclosure containing such fixtures.
  3. a receptacle to receive the urine of a person with urinary incontinence or that of a bedridden person.
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Origin of urinal

1225–75; Middle English < Old French < Late Latin ūrīnāle, neuter of ūrīnalis of urine. See urine, -al2
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Related Words for urinal

toilet, latrine, outhouse, lavatory, urinal, head, privy, john, WC

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British Dictionary definitions for urinal


  1. a sanitary fitting, esp one fixed to a wall, used by men for urination
  2. a room containing urinals
  3. any vessel for holding urine prior to its disposal
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Word Origin and History for urinal

late 13c., "glass vial to receive urine for medical inspection," from Old French urinal, from Late Latin urinal, from Latin urinalis (adj.) "relating to urine," from urina (see urine). Meaning "chamber pot" is from late 15c. Modern sense of "fixture for urinating (for men)" is attested from 1851.

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urinal in Medicine


  1. A vessel into which urine is passed.
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