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Descriptions of Urethra

Urethra: The tube through which urine leaves the body. It empties urine from the bladder.
Source: National Institute of Health

Urethra: duct through which urine is discharged in most mammals and which serves as the male genital duct
Source: WordNet 2.1

Urethra : membranous canal conveying urine from the bladder to the exterior of the body.
Source: CRISP

Article Excerpts about Urethra

When you urinate, the brain signals the bladder muscles to tighten, squeezing urine out of the bladder. At the same time, the brain signals the sphincter muscles to relax. As these muscles relax, urine exits the bladder through the urethra. When all the signals occur in the correct order, normal urination occurs. (Source: excerpt from Your Urinary System and How It Works: NIDDK)

Summary Information: Urethra

Urethra: The a urethra is a hollow tube located on the pelvis that connects the bladder to the outside of the body. The urethra's main function is to transport urine that has been collected and stored in the bladder to the outside of the body. In males, the urethra is longer than in females because it runs through the entire length of the penis. In men, it also provides a passageway for the excretion of semen. In females, the urethra opens into the female genitalia area. In the male the urethra opens at the tip of the penis. Together with the bladder, kidneys and ureters, the urethra forms a part of the urinary tract in the genitourinary system.

Conditions that afflict the urethra include urethritis, kidney stones, urethral stricture, hypospadias, epispadias, dysuria, urethral syndrome, and urethral cancer.

Urethra: The tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body. (Source: excerpt from Kidney Failure Glossary: NIDDK)

Closely Related Organs: Urethra

The following organs are closely related to the organ: Urethra:

Conditions Afflicting Organs: Urethra

The following conditions are related to the organ: Urethra:

Sub Parts: Urethra

The following list contains sub-parts of the organ: Urethra:

Symptoms Related to Afflictions of: Urethra

These symptoms are related to afflictions of the organ: Urethra:

  • Pelvic pain
  • Dysuria (painful urinating)
  • Hematuria (bloody urine)
  • Change in urination pattern
  • Leakage of urine
  • Incontinence
  • Frequency

Condition count: 4 ; see list below.

Organ types: Sexual organs (137), Urinary tract (32)

Number: 1 urethra

Related organs: meatus, bladder (24), penis (30), vulva (2), vagina (44), urinary system (32)

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Urethra: Related Topics

Diseases List for Urethra:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Urethra' or similar listed as an affected body part in our database:



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