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urine

[yoo r-in]
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noun
  1. the liquid-to-semisolid waste matter excreted by the kidneys, in humans being a yellowish, slightly acid, watery fluid.
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Origin of urine

1275–1325; Middle English < Old French < Latin ūrīna
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Examples from the Web for urine

Historical Examples

  • Urine in health is lower, but in diabetes often much higher.

    The Action of Medicines in the System

    Frederick William Headland

  • Urine Tests are necessary to determine the composition of the secretion.

    Dietetics for Nurses

    Fairfax T. Proudfit

  • Urine frequently contains an abnormally large quantity of urea.

  • Urine which thus yields, without previous concentration, the nitrate, is said to contain an excess of urea.

  • Haughtons method of estimating Urea from the specific gravity of the Urine.


British Dictionary definitions for urine

urine

noun
  1. the pale yellow slightly acid fluid excreted by the kidneys, containing waste products removed from the blood. It is stored in the urinary bladder and discharged through the urethraRelated adjective: uretic
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Word Origin

C14: via Old French from Latin ūrīna; related to Greek ouron, Latin ūrīnāre to plunge under water
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Word Origin and History for urine

n.

early 14c., from Old French urine (12c.), from Latin urina "urine," from PIE *ur- (cf. Greek ouron "urine"), variant of root *awer- "to moisten, flow" (cf. Sanskrit var "water," Avestan var "rain," Lithuanian jures "sea," Old English wær, Old Norse ver "sea," Old Norse ur "drizzling rain").

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

urine in Medicine

urine

(yurĭn)
n.
  1. The waste product secreted by the kidneys that in mammals is a fluid that is yellow to amber in color, slightly acidic, and discharged from the body through the urethra.
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urine in Science

urine

[yurĭn]
  1. A liquid containing multiple waste products of metabolism, especially urea and other nitrogenous compounds, that are filtered from the blood by the kidneys. Urine is stored in the urinary bladder and is excreted from the body through the urethra.
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urine in Culture

urine

The fluid produced by the kidneys, consisting of water and dissolved substances, that is stored in the bladder and discharged through the urethra. (See excretory system.)

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