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The urethra is not a part of the body we think of very often, as long as it is working properly: helping us void the urine in our bladders. But is there more to it? How is the urethra different in males and females? There are a lot of things to learn about this seldom-mentioned part of our bodies, as it is much more complex than one might expect!

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1. What is the Urethra?

The urethra is a vital part of the urinary tract, which is also known as the renal system. It is a small duct or tube that transfers urine from the bladder out of the body when you urinate. To be more specific, it connects the urinary bladder (the organ that stores all of the liquid waste you need to eliminate) to the urinary meatus or external urethral orifice -- the opening of the urethra.

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