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Urethra yu̇-ˈrē-thrə

By Navin Jaipaul, MD, MHS, Associate Professor of Medicine, Loma Linda University School of Medicine; Chief, Nephrology, VA Loma Linda Healthcare System

The urethra is a tube that drains urine from the bladder out of the body. In men, the urethra is about 8 inches (20 centimeters) long, ending at the tip of the penis. In women, the urethra is about 1½ inches (4 centimeters) long, ending at the vulva (the area of the external female genital organs).

Urethra in the Male

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