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1. Inability to urinate.
2. See anuria.

[an- + Greek ourēsis, urination (from ourein, to urinate, from ouron, urine).]

an′u·ret′ic (-rĕt′ĭk) adj.
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(Pathology) pathol inability to urinate even though urine is formed by the kidneys and retained in the urinary bladder. Compare anuria
[C20: New Latin, from an- + Greek ouresis urination, from ouron urine]
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(ˌæn yəˈri sɪs)

retention of urine in the bladder.
[1895–1900; an-1 + Greek oúrēsis urination (see ureter, -sis)]
an`u•ret′ic (-ˈrɛt ɪk) adj.
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Noun1.anuresis - inability to urinateanuresis - inability to urinate      
illness, sickness, unwellness, malady - impairment of normal physiological function affecting part or all of an organism
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