photuria

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Formed as phot- +‎ -uria; equivalent to the Ancient Greek φῶς (phôs, light) + οὖρον (oûron, urine).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

photuria (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete, rare, medicine, specifically pathology) Luminous or phosphorescent urine.
    • 1855: John Watt and Charles Watt [eds.], The Chemist, volume 2, page 695
      Various animal matters possess an acid reaction; urine, sweat, some portions of dead bodies, whether of men or animals have been luminous, and the presence of this microscopic algæ is the long mistaken cause of photuria.

References[edit]

  • ‖photuria” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [2nd Ed.; 1989]
      Path.  (fəʊˈtjʊərɪə) [mod.L., f. Gr. ϕῶς, ϕωτ- light + οὖρον urine.]
  • †photuria, n.” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [draft revision; Dec. 2008]
      Med. Obs. rare º.  [< photo- comb. form + -uria comb. form.]