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Aug 10, 2017
This week’s theme
Words related to medicine

This week’s words
antitussive
aperient
emetic
diuretic
analgesic

diuretic cartoon
“I lost 10 pounds during that last thaw ... but it was all water weight.”
Cartoon: Chris Wildt

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diuretic

PRONUNCIATION:
(dy-uh-RET-ik)

MEANING:
adjective: Causing an increased production of urine.
noun: A substance that causes such an increase.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin diureticus, from Greek diouretikos, from diourein (to urinate), from dia- (across) + ourein (urinate), from ouron (urine). Earliest documented use: 1400.

USAGE:
“Once the diuretics kicked in, Mary Bliss talked and cried and peed and kept drinking all of Katharine’s expensive bottled water.”
Mary Kay Andrews; Little Bitty Lies; Perennial; 2004.

See more usage examples of diuretic in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

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