follow Dictionary.com

It’s about time. We are now on Instagram!

ureter

[yoo-ree-ter] /yʊˈri tər/
noun, Anatomy, Zoology
1.
a muscular duct or tube conveying the urine from a kidney to the bladder or cloaca.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; < Neo-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),
adjective
postureteral, adjective
postureteric, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for ureters
  • Urine flows from each kidney, through tubes called ureters, and into the bladder.
  • Urine flows from the kidney through the ureters into the urinary bladder where it is temporarily stored.
  • The ureters that drain urine from the kidneys are attached to one end of the bowel segment.
  • From the kidneys, urine flows from through thin tubes called ureters into the bladder.
  • The kidneys are part of the urinary system, which also includes the ureters and the bladder.
  • Urine flows out of the kidneys into the bladder through two long tubes called ureters.
  • The tumor may have become large enough to block the ureters of the kidney, which can cause the kidney to stop functioning.
  • The ureters are the tubes that carry urine from the renal pelvis to the bladder.
  • The substance outlines the kidneys, ureters, and bladder as it flows through the system and collects in the urine.
British Dictionary definitions for ureters

ureter

/jʊˈriːtə/
noun
1.
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for ureters

ureter

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
ureters in Medicine

ureter u·re·ter (yu-rē'tər, yur'ĭ-tər)
n.
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.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
ureters in Science
ureter
  (y-rē'tər, yr'ĭ-tər)   
Either of two long, narrow ducts that in vertebrates carry urine from each kidney to the urinary bladder.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
ureters in Culture
ureters [(yoor-uh-tuhrz, yoo-ree-tuhrz)]

The tubes that carry urine from each kidney to the urinary bladder.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Article for ureters

ureter

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

Learn more about ureter with a free trial on Britannica.com
Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for ureter

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for ureters

7
8
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for ureters