noun[mass noun] Biochemistry
A colourless crystalline compound which is the main nitrogenous breakdown product of protein metabolism in mammals and is excreted in urine.
- The waste products of protein metabolism are urea and to a lesser extent uric acid and creatinine.
- The chief constituent of the nitrogenous wastes in urine is urea, a product of protein decomposition.
- This enzyme breaks down any urea in the stomach to ammonia and carbon dioxide
Early 19th century: modern Latin, from French urée, from Greek ouron 'urine'.
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