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Definition of Urethra

Urethra: The tube that leads from the bladder and transports and discharges urine outside the body. In males, the urethra travels through the penis and carries semen as well as urine. In females, the urethra is shorter than in the male, and it emerges above the vaginal opening.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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