|Also called: carbamide a white water-soluble crystalline compound with a saline taste and often an odour of ammonia, produced by protein metabolism and excreted in urine. A synthetic form is used as a fertilizer, animal feed, and in the manufacture of synthetic resins. Formula: CO(NH2)2|
|[C19: from New Latin, from French urée, from Greek ouron|
|soft insoluble mass formed when blood or lymph gels|
|any of various colorless cells of the immune system that circulate mainly in the blood and lymph|
|urea (y-rē'ə) Pronunciation Key
The chief nitrogen-containing waste product excreted in the urine of mammals and some fish. It is the final nitrogenous product in the breakdown of proteins by the body, during which amino groups (NH2) are removed from amino acids and converted into ammonium ions (NH4), which are toxic at high concentrations. The liver then converts the ammonium ions into urea. Urea is also made artificially for use in fertilizers and medicine. Chemical formula: CON2H4.