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urea

Syllabification: u·re·a
Pronunciation: /yo͝oˈrēə
 
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Definition of urea in English:

noun

Biochemistry
A colorless crystalline compound that is the main nitrogenous breakdown product of protein metabolism in mammals and is excreted in urine.
Example sentences
  • 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

Origin

early 19th century: modern Latin, from French urée, from Greek ouron 'urine'.

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