Urethra meaning

yo͝o-rēthrə
The urethra is the duct that moves urine out of the body from the bladder, and, in men, it also contains semen and serves as the genital duct.

A duct from which semen and urine exit the body is an example of a urethra.

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The duct through which urine is discharged from the bladder in most mammals: in the male, semen is also discharged through the urethra.
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The canal through which urine is discharged from the bladder in most mammals and through which semen is discharged in the male.
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The duct through which urine passes from the bladder to the outside of the body in most mammals and some fish and birds. In males, the urethra passes through the penis and also serves as the duct for the release of sperm, which enter the urethra from the vas deferens.
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(anatomy) The tube through which urine exits the body and, in males, through which semen is ejaculated.
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The canal through which urine is discharged from the bladder in most mammals and through which semen is discharged in the male.
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Origin of urethra

  • Late Latin ūrēthra from Greek ourēthra from ourein to urinate

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • First coined 1634, from Ancient Greek οὐρήθρα (ourÄ“thra, “the passage for urine"), from οὐρέω (oureō, “to make water").

    From Wiktionary