Definition: Urine

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From Middle English uryne, from Latin ūrīna (urine), from Proto-Indo-European *uh₁r-, zero grade of *weh₁r- (water, liquid, milk). Related to *h₁ewHdʰr̥- (origin of udder). Cognate with Old English ūriġ (wet, moist). Displaced native English land (urine), (Middle English land, from Old English hland (urine)).


urine (usually uncountable, plural urines)

  1. (physiology) Liquid waste consisting of water, salts, and urea, which is made in the kidneys, stored in the bladder, then released through the urethra.

Derived terms

  • uric
  • urinable
  • urinaceous
  • urinal
  • urinalysis
  • urinary
  • urinate
  • urination
  • urinative
  • urinology


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