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Affixes: the building blocks of English
Affixes: the building blocks of English

-uria Also -uric.

A substance present in the urine, especially in excess.

[Greek -ouria, from ouron, urine.]

This ending is common in medicine; a few examples are proteinuria, the presence of abnormal quantities of protein in the urine, which may indicate damage to the kidneys; bacteriuria, the presence of bacteria in the urine; polyuria (Greek polus, much), production of abnormally large volumes of dilute urine, as opposed to oliguria (Greek oligos, small), the production of abnormally small amounts; haematuria (US hematuria)(Greek haima, blood), the presence of blood in urine. Associated adjectives are formed in -uric: polyuric, haemauric, glycosuric (Greek glukus, sweet), of a condition in which there is too much sugar in the urine.

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