One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The duct by which urine is conveyed out of the body from the bladder, and which in male vertebrates also conveys semen.
- ‘When you urinate, the muscles around the urethra relax and the bladder tightens to squeeze urine out.’
- ‘If a stone is lodged in the ureter, a flexible narrow instrument called a cystoscope can be passed up through the urethra and bladder.’
- ‘This is when a thin tube is inserted into the urethra up to the bladder to get a ‘clean’ urine sample.’
- ‘Your urinary system is composed of your kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra.’
- ‘The muscles beneath the bladder that surround the urethra are called the pelvic floor muscles.’
- ‘Very rarely, the urethra or bladder may be damaged or perforated.’
- ‘This is a long, thin telescope instrument with a light and lens on the end, which is passed into the bladder through the urethra.’
- ‘Your prostate is a small doughnut-shaped gland with the urethra, which carries urine from the bladder, running through the middle of it.’
- ‘This chapter focuses on infections of the male urethra, epididymis, testis, and prostate.’
- ‘If this happens, a tube is put into your urethra to empty your bladder.’
Mid 17th century: from late Latin, from Greek ourēthra, from ourein ‘urinate’.
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