- : A tube that carries urine down from the kidney to the bladder. There are normally two kidneys so there are accordingly two ureters under normal circumstances, one ureter coming from each kidney conveying urine to the bladder.
* * *The tube that conducts the urine from the renal pelvis to the bladder; it consists of an abdominal part and a pelvic part, is lined with transitional epithelium surrounded by smooth muscle, both circular and longitudinal, and is covered externally by a tunica adventitia. [G. oureter, urinary canal]- curlicue u. term given to the radiographic appearance of an opacified u., herniated through the sciatic foramen; a very rare condition.- postcaval u. congenital defect where the right u. passes deep to the inferior vena cava on its descent to the bladder.- retrocaval u. in urography, the medial deviation of the right u. in the rare circumstance in which it passes behind the inferior vena cava before entering the pelvis.
* * *ure·ter 'yu̇r-ət-ər, yu̇-'rēt-ər n either of the paired ducts that carry away urine from a kidney to the bladder or cloaca and that in humans are slender membranous epithelium-lined flat tubes about sixteen inches (41 centimeters) long which open above into the pelvis of a kidney and below into the back part of the same side of the bladder at a very oblique angle
* * *n.either of a pair of tubes, 25-30 cm long, that conduct urine from the pelvis of kidneys to the bladder. The walls of the ureters contain thick layers of smooth muscle, which contract to force urine into the bladder, between an outer fibrous coat and an inner mucous layer.• ureteral • reteric adj.
* * *ure·ter (u-reґtər) (uґrə-tər) [Gr. ourētēr] [TA] the fibromuscular tube that conveys the urine from the kidney to the bladder. It begins with the renal pelvis, a funnel-like dilatation, and empties into the base of the bladder. It is 40 to 46 cm long and is divided into an abdominal part (pars abdominalis) and a pelvic part (pars pelvica). See Plate 44. ureteral, ureteric adj
Medical dictionary. 2011.