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[yoo r-ik] /ˈyʊər ɪk/
of, pertaining to, contained in, or derived from urine.
Origin of uric
1790-1800; ur-1 + -ic


variant of urico- especially before a vowel. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for uric
  • Piglets that are still not weaned will have a much stringer uric stench.
  • In healthy birds, uric acid is excreted by the kidneys and is seen as the white material in their droppings.
  • It is caused by a buildup of uric acid in the joint, a metabolic byproduct of protein.
  • He added lithium to the uric acid so it would dissolve more easily in water and injected it into mice.
  • Everybody has some uric acid, but some people have too much.
  • uric acid is a chemical created when the body breaks down substances called purines.
  • Gout is a kind of arthritis that occurs when uric acid builds up in blood and causes joint inflammation.
  • Gout is a disease involving uric acid deposits in the joints.
  • People with larger body sizes may excrete more calcium and uric acid, which increase the risk of kidney stone formation.
  • Elevated uric acid levels, and possibly gout, may be caused by thiazide diuretics.
British Dictionary definitions for uric


of, concerning, or derived from urine
Word Origin
C18: from uro-1 + -ic
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Word Origin and History for uric

1797, from French urique, from urine (see urine). Uric acid attested from 1800.

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uric in Medicine

uric u·ric (yur'ĭk)
Relating to, contained in, or obtained from urine.

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