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1. pertaining to urine.
2. containing or secreting urine.
urinary tract infection (UTI) infection in the urinary tract; types are named for the part of the tract involved, such as urethritis, cystitis, ureteritis, pyelonephritis, and glomerulonephritis. It is more common in women than in men because of the relative shortness of the female urethra. Men over the age of 50 are more susceptible because of enlargement of the prostate and urinary stasis. Symptoms include dysuria, malaise, nausea, urinary frequency and urgency, and nocturia. There also may be a feeling of suprapubic fullness not relieved by urination. If the infection is higher in the urinary tract, in the ureters or kidney, there can be lower back pain or genital pain.

Factors that contribute to infection of the urinary tract include structural defects and systemic disorders that interfere with the free flow of urine. Examples include congenital disorders, neuromuscular disease or spinal cord injury, and renal stones. Infectious agents that cause sexually transmitted diseases can also invade the urinary tract. Moreover, urinary tract infection is a constant threat and a major cause of morbidity in patients with indwelling catheters.

Antimicrobial drugs are prescribed for treatment of urinary tract infection. Some drugs such as trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole combinations (Bactrim or Septra), or kanamycin, can be given in a single dose, while others may be prescribed in one- to three-day doses or over a longer period of time.
Patient Care. Prevention of recurrence is a major goal in the care of patients with UTI. Increased intake of fluids is encouraged to increase the force of the stream of urine and facilitate removal of microorganisms and debris. Patients are taught to urinate at first urge rather than postponing emptying the bladder. Women should know that it is important to keep the perineal area clean and that all wiping motions should be from front to back to avoid transporting fecal bacteria to the urinary meatus. Any vaginitis should be treated promptly and effectively to reduce the risk of spreading infection from the vagina to the urinary tract.

Other measures are related to control or management of underlying systemic or structural disorders, meticulous catheter care for patients with an indwelling catheter, and prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.


Relating to urine.


/uri·nary/ (u´rĭ-nar″e) pertaining to, containing, or secreting urine.


1. Of or relating to urine, its production, function, or excretion.
2. Of or relating to the organs involved in the formation and excretion of urine.


pertaining to urine or the formation of urine.


Relating to urine.


pertaining to the urine; containing or secreting urine.

urinary bile pigment
bilirubin and urobilinogen are found in the urine of normal animals.
urinary calculi
urinary diversion
various surgical procedures involving the ureters, bladder or urethra may be used to alter the usual route of urine flow, thereby bypassing portions of the urinary tract, usually the bladder and/or urethra. Ureters, bladder or urethra are transplanted or anastomosed to the bowel or placed so urine exits at an orifice created through the skin. See also ureteroileostomy, trigonal-colonic anastomosis, ureterocolostomy, transureteroureterostomy.
urinary flow monitor
periodic measurement of the amount of urine secreted. In an anesthetized animal a catheter draining into a calibrated container is used. In a conscious animal a clamped-off, self-retaining catheter is inserted and drained at intervals. A metabolism cage is an alternative.
urinary flowmetry
the measure of urinary flow rates.
urinary incontinence
an inability to control urination with the involuntary passage of urine. Most commonly occurs in dogs due to congenital abnormalities of the ureters or urethra. Other causes include congenital or acquired defects in nervous control of micturition, neoplastic or inflammatory disease of the lower urinary tract, and prostate gland and endocrine abnormalities.
urinary obstruction
urethral or ureteral obstruction often caused by lodgement of a urinary calculus in the narrow lumen. Constriction of urethra due to hyperplastic prostate in male dogs.
urinary pole
the point on the glomerulus where the proximal convoluted tubule exits.
urinary pooling
urinary system, urinary tract
the system formed in the body by the kidneys, the urinary bladder (2), the ureters and the urethra, the organs concerned in the production and excretion of urine.
urinary territorial marking
urinary tract
see urinary system.

Patient discussion about urinary

Q. Can you treat urinary incontinence by only making exercise of circular muscles? I heard the exercise help but dont know if it is enough by itself.

A. This technique you have mentioned is called "bio-feedback" and it helps many people with urinary incontinence, by raising your awareness to muscles in your body you don't usually pay attention to, thus making you able to control them better. I do not think this is an only way to treat incontinence, however with the addition of the proper medications you can find this very helpful.

Q. What foods or liquids, juices, proteins, fruits, are good for Male Prostate or Urinary Frequency? I am 53 YO Male with exessive urinary frequency. Is there a fruit, food, drink, pill, mojo, that would help me with this problem? I am talking about urinating 3 to 4 times every night, and or while watching TV, every hour or so. No pain, yet, an occacional after drip that is very anoying. Perhaps I have a prostate problem and should consuld with my Urologist. Yet, before I go there, does anyone know of something I can eat or drink to fix or aleviate this problem?

A. Thanks for the heads-up. One of my issues is that I LOVE coffee, thus, reducing my daily consumption of 2-3 cups could be a problem.

Q. How to prevent getting a bladder infection? I am worried about getting another bladder infection like I just had now. I am during my second trimester. How can I avoid getting it again?

A. drink more cranberry juice,its 100% natural, and wont harm the baby in anyway.

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