One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(chiefly of drugs) causing increased passing of urine.
- ‘It supports natural diuretic action, but does not force water from the body like diuretic pills.’
- ‘A diuretic drug such as thiazide, and a very low salt diet, can help to reduce the amount of urine being made by up to half.’
- ‘It may be necessary to increase the diuretic dosage, decrease the beta-blocker dosage or discontinue the beta blocker.’
- ‘You have to be brave, silly or very determined to go out shopping shortly after you've taken your daily dose of diuretic pills.’
- ‘I can only take so many diuretic pills for the condition, and I'm on the maximum dose right now.’
A diuretic drug.
- ‘ACE inhibitors may be a preferred second drug to add to diuretics if necessary to achieve blood pressure control.’
- ‘Patients with atrial fibrillation also had more drug days for diuretics and for electrolytes.’
- ‘Recommended drugs for heart failure include ACE inhibitors, beta blockers, and diuretics.’
- ‘The mean blood pressure readings were the same for the diuretics and the newer drugs.’
- ‘There is also evidence that diuretics and bronchodilators may have a synergistic effect in improving lung mechanics.’
Late Middle English: from Old French diuretique, or via late Latin from Greek diourētikos, from diourein ‘urinate’, from dia ‘through’ + ouron ‘urine’.
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