One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The presence of pus in the urine, typically from bacterial infection.
- ‘Because of hematuria, bacteriuria and pyuria, Susan had been treated for a urinary tract infection with possible pyelonephritis.’
- ‘No clinical or laboratory finding distinguishes the two, though presence of pyuria makes true UTI more likely.’
- ‘Findings on urinalysis may be entirely normal or may show microscopic hematuria or pyuria.’
- ‘The specificity of the dipstick test makes it useful for identifying hematuria, pyuria, or bacteriuria.’
- ‘Cloudy urine often is a result of precipitated phosphate crystals in alkaline urine, but pyuria also can be the cause.’
Early 19th century: from Greek puon ‘pus’ + -uria.
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