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Urinary tract

Descriptions of Urinary tract

Urinary tract: The organs of the body that produce and discharge urine. These include the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra.
Source: National Institute of Health

Urinary tract: the organs and tubes involved in the production and excretion of urine
Source: WordNet 2.1

Urinary tract : organs and passageways that participate in the excretion of the urine from the kidneys through the bladder and the urinary meatus.
Source: CRISP

Article Excerpts about Urinary tract

Urination, or voiding, is a complex activity. The bladder is a balloonlike muscle that lies in the lowest part of the abdomen. The bladder stores urine, then releases it through the urethra, the canal that carries urine to the outside of the body. Controlling this activity involves nerves, muscles, the spinal cord, and the brain.

The bladder is made of two types of muscles: the detrusor, a muscular sac that stores urine and squeezes to empty, and the sphincter, a circular group of muscles at the bottom or neck of the bladder that automatically stay contracted to hold the urine in and automatically relax when the detrusor contracts to let the urine into the urethra. A third group of muscles below the bladder (pelvic floor muscles) can contract to keep urine back.

A baby's bladder fills to a set point, then automatically contracts and empties. As the child gets older, the nervous system develops. The child's brain begins to get messages from the filling bladder and begins to send messages to the bladder to keep it from automatically emptying until the child decides it is the time and place to void. (Source: excerpt from Urinary Incontinence in Children: NIDDK)

The system that takes wastes from the blood and carries them out of the body in the form of urine . The urinary tract includes the kidneys , renal pelvises, ureters , bladder , and urethra . (Source: excerpt from Kidney Failure Glossary: NIDDK)

The organs, tubes, muscles, and nerves that work together to create, store, and carry urine are the urinary system. The urinary system includes two kidneys, two ureters, the bladder, two sphincter muscles, and the urethra. (Source: excerpt from Your Urinary System and How It Works: NIDDK)

Your body takes nutrients from food and uses them to maintain all bodily functions including energy and self-repair. After your body has taken what it needs from the food, waste products are left behind in the blood and in the bowel. The urinary system works with the lungs, skin, and intestines--all of which also excrete wastes--to keep the chemicals and water in your body balanced. Adults eliminate about a quart and a half of urine each day. The amount depends on many factors, the major ones being the amount of fluid and foods a person consumes and how much fluid is lost through sweat and breathing. Certain types of medications can also affect the amount of urine eliminated. (Source: excerpt from Your Urinary System and How It Works: NIDDK)

The urinary tract, or system, consists of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs located below the ribs toward the middle of the back. The kidneys remove extra water and wastes from the blood, converting it to urine. They also keep a stable balance of salts and other substances in the blood. The kidneys produce hormones that help form red blood cells. (Source: excerpt from Kidney Diseases: NWHIC)

Summary Information: Urinary tract

Urinary tract: The urinary tract consists of a variety of organs, structures and substances located in the abdomen and pelvis. These include the bladder, kidneys, ureters, and urethra. The urinary tract is responsible for filtering wastes and excessive fluids and salts and expelling them from the body. It also plays a role in regulating blood pressure and is creating some hormones and red blood cells. The urinary tract is a part of the genitourinary system.

Conditions that afflict the urinary tract include kidney disease, urinary tract infections, kidney failure, kidney stones, urinary tract obstruction, overactive bladder, and cystitis.

Closely Related Organs: Urinary tract

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Conditions Afflicting Organs: Urinary tract

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Other Names: Urinary tract

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Sub Parts: Urinary tract

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Symptoms Related to Afflictions of: Urinary tract

These symptoms are related to afflictions of the organ: Urinary tract:

Condition count: 32 ; see list below.

Organ subtypes: bladder (24), urethra (4), ureter (4)

Related organs: sex organs (137), female sex organs (97), male sex organs (50)

Main condition: Urinary disorders

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