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urethra

 [u-re´thrah]
the tubular passage through which urine is discharged from the bladder to the exterior of the body. adj., adj ure´thral. The external urinary opening is called the urinary meatus. In men the urethra conveys both urine and the secretions of the reproductive organs. In women its sole function is urination. The female urethra is about 4 cm long; its opening is situated between the clitoris and the opening of the vagina. The male urethra is about 20 cm long and is narrower than that of the female. It has three sections: prostatic, membranous, and penile. It extends downward from the bladder through the prostate, which secretes into it a thin fluid. The membranous portion of the urethra receives the secretion of the bulbourethral glands. The urethra then extends down through the main body of the penis to the opening, or meatus, at the tip. Along the entire length of the passage are mucous glands.
Using a swab to obtain a urethral specimen from a male and a female client. From Lammon et al., 1995.

u·re·thra

(yū-rē'thră), [TA] Do not confuse this word and its derivatives with ureter and its derivatives.
The canal leading from the bladder, discharging the urine externally.
[G. ourēthra]

urethra

/ure·thra/ (u-re´thrah) the membranous canal through which urine is discharged from the bladder to the exterior of the body.ure´thral
membranous urethra  a short portion of the urethra between the prostatic urethra and spongy urethra.
prostatic urethra  that part of the urethra passing through the prostate.
spongy urethra  the portion of the urethra within the corpus spongiosum penis.

urethra

(yo͝o-rē′thrə)
n. pl. ure·thras or ure·thrae (-thrē)
The canal through which urine is discharged from the bladder in most mammals and through which semen is discharged in the male.

u·re′thral adj.

urethra

[yoo͡rē′thrə]
Etymology: Gk, ourethra
a small tubular structure that drains urine from the bladder. In women it is about 3 cm long and lies directly behind the symphysis pubis, anterior to the vagina. In men it is about 20 cm long and begins at the bladder, passes through the center of the prostate gland, goes between two sheets of tissue connecting the pubic bones, and finally passes through the urinary meatus of the penis. In men the urethra is joined by the ejaculatory duct and serves as a passageway for semen during ejaculation, as well as a canal for urine during voiding. See also ureter. urethral, adj.
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Course of the urethra

urethra

(u-re'thra) [Gr. ourethra]
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FEMALE URETHRA
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FEMALE URETHRA
The tube for the discharge of urine extending from the bladder to the outside. In females, its orifice lies in the vestibule between the vagina and clitoris; in males, the urethra passes through the prostate gland and the penis, opening at the tip of the glans penis. In males, it serves as the passage for semen as well as urine. Its lining, the mucosa, is thrown into folds and contains the openings of the urethral glands. Surrounding the mucosa is a lamina propria containing many elastic fibers and blood vessels, outside of which is an indefinite muscular layer. See: penis; illustration

urethra muliebris

The female urethra.

urethra virilis

The male urethra.
urethral (u-re'thral), adjective

urethra

The tube that carries urine from the bladder to the exterior. In the male, the urethra runs along the penis and opens at the tip. In addition to urine it carries seminal fluid during ejaculation. In the female, the urethra is shorter and runs directly downwards from the bladder in front of the VAGINA, opening between the vaginal orifice and the CLITORIS.

urethra

the duct by means of which URINE is discharged from the BLADDER in mammals. In males the distal part of the duct also has a reproductive function, carrying semen from the VAS DEFERENS and voiding to the exterior via the penis.

Urethra

A passageway from the bladder to the outside for the discharge of urine. In the female this canal lies between the vagina and clitoris; in the male the urethra travels through the penis, opening at the tip.

urethra

the tubular passage through which urine is discharged from the bladder to the exterior via the external urinary meatus. In males the urethra also conveys the secretions of the reproductive organs.

female urethra
runs ventrally to the reproductive tract, opening in its ventral wall at the junction of the vagina and the vestibule; at its entrance it may be joined with a diverticulum (cow, sow) or a hummock (bitch).
incomplete urethra
see urethral atresia.
male urethra
consists of pelvic (bladder to entrance to penis) and penile or spongy part; the deferent and vesicular ducts enter the pelvic urethra soon after it leaves the bladder.
penile urethra
that part of the male urethra which passes through the penis; called also spongy urethra.
prosthetic urethra
limited use in male cats with urethral obstruction or stricture; some serious disadvantages and surgical perineal urethrostomy the preferred treatment.
spongy urethra
that part of the urethra surrounded by erectile tissue; called also penile urethra.