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urethra Syllabification: u·re·thra
Pronunciation: /yo͝oˈrēTHrə/

Definition of urethra in English:


Anatomy & Zoology
The duct by which urine is conveyed out of the body from the bladder, and which in male vertebrates also conveys semen.
Example sentences
  • This chapter focuses on infections of the male urethra, epididymis, testis, and prostate.
  • The muscles beneath the bladder that surround the urethra are called the pelvic floor muscles.
  • Your urinary system is composed of your kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra.


Pronunciation: /yo͝oˈrēTHrəl/
Example sentences
  • During normal voiding the detrusor muscle contracts and the muscles of the urethral sphincter and pelvic floor relax in a co-ordinated fashion to allow the bladder to empty.
  • The aims of continence surgery are to elevate the bladder neck, support the mid urethra, or increase urethral resistance.
  • Fever, fatigue, aches and pains, and a urethral or vaginal discharge often occur.


Mid 17th century: from late Latin, from Greek ourēthra, from ourein 'urinate'.

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