AskDefine | Define urinalysis

Dictionary Definition

urinalysis n : (medicine) the chemical analysis of urine (for medical diagnosis) [syn: uranalysis] [also: urinalyses (pl)]

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Etymology

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Noun

  1. The comprehensive analysis of urine.

Extensive Definition

A urinalysis (or "UA") is an array of tests performed on urine and one of the most common methods of medical diagnosis. A part of a urinalysis can be performed by using urine dipsticks, in which the test results can be read as color changes.

Medical urinalysis

A typical medical urinalysis usually includes:

Microscopic examination

The numbers and types of cells and/or material such as urinary casts can yield a great detail of information and may suggest a specific diagnosis.

See also

urinalysis in Danish: Urinprøve
urinalysis in Hebrew: בדיקת שתן
urinalysis in Polish: Badanie moczu
urinalysis in Portuguese: Uranálise
urinalysis in Russian: Клинический анализ мочи
urinalysis in Swedish: Urinprov

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Pap test, anatomic diagnosis, biological diagnosis, biopsy, clinical diagnosis, cytodiagnosis, diagnosis, differential diagnosis, digital examination, electrocardiography, electroencephalography, electromyography, examination, laboratory diagnosis, mammography, oral examination, physical diagnosis, physical examination, postmortem diagnosis, serodiagnosis, smear, study, test, uroscopy, work-up
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