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[yoo-ree-ter] /yʊˈri tər/
noun, Anatomy, Zoology
a muscular duct or tube conveying the urine from a kidney to the bladder or cloaca.
1570-80; < New Latin < Greek ourētḗr, equivalent to ourē- (verbid stem of oureîn to urinate) + -tēr noun suffix
Related forms
ureteral, ureteric
[yoo r-i-ter-ik] /ˌyʊər ɪˈtɛr ɪk/ (Show IPA),
postureteral, adjective
postureteric, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for postureteric


the tube that conveys urine from the kidney to the urinary bladder or cloaca
Derived Forms
ureteral, ureteric (ˌjʊərɪˈtɛrɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C16: via New Latin from Greek ourētēr, from ourein to urinate
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Word Origin and History for postureteric


1570s, from medical Latin ureter, from Greek oureter, from ourein "to urinate," from ouron (see urine).

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postureteric in Medicine

ureter u·re·ter (yu-rē'tər, yur'ĭ-tər)
The long narrow duct that conveys urine from the kidney to the urinary bladder.

u·re'ter·al or u're·ter'ic (yur'ĭ-těr'ĭk) adj.
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postureteric in Science
  (y-rē'tər, yr'ĭ-tər)   
Either of two long, narrow ducts that in vertebrates carry urine from each kidney to the urinary bladder.
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Encyclopedia Article for postureteric


one of two ducts that transmit urine from each kidney to the bladder. Each ureter is a narrow tube that is about 12 inches (30 cm) long. A ureter has thick, contractile walls, and its diameter varies considerably at different points along its length. The tube emerges from each kidney, descends behind the abdominal cavity, and opens into the bladder. At its termination the ureter passes through the bladder wall in such a way that, as the bladder fills with urine, this terminal part of the ureter tends to close

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