from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A condition marked by slow, painful urination, caused by muscular spasms of the urethra and bladder.

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  • n. A frequent need to urinate, when the bladder is largely empty or with little urine production.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A painful discharge of urine, drop by drop, produced by spasmodic muscular contraction.
  • n. A swelling or other disease in a plant, occasioned by a ligature fastened tightly about it.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Scanty micturition with painful sense of spasm.
  • n. In horticulture, a disease in plants produced by tight ligatures.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Latin strangūria, from Greek strangouriā : stranx, strang-, drop, trickle + -ouriā, -uria.


  • This kind of strangury recurs by stated periods, and sometimes arises to so great a degree, that convulsion or temporary madness terminates each period of it.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Or, the Laws of Organic Life

  • Even during the previous attacks of strangury, with an uncertain carriage, pain that bent him double, a whitening around the corners of his mouth and at his temples, Bapa had stood before the people in the morning jharoka, dragging himself to bed afterward and sleeping the day away.

    Shadow Princess

  • Emperor Shah Jahan had fallen ill some ten days ago of strangury.

    Shadow Princess

  • If, then, as is frequently the case, it cease with the disease, well; but, not withstanding, if not, give any of the medicines for strangury.

    On Fistulae

  • The strangury comes on in this way: - The bladder being heated from the rectum, phlegm is attracted by the heat, and by the phlegm

    On Fistulae

  • Men become affected with the stone, and are seized with diseases of the kidneys, strangury, sciatica, and become ruptured, when they drink all sorts of waters, and those from great rivers into which other rivulets run, or from a lake into which many streams of all sorts flow, and such as are brought from a considerable distance.

    On Airs, Waters, And Places

  • When a patient passes blood and clots, and is seized with strangury and pain in the perineum and pubes, disease about the bladder is indicated.


  • When ileus comes on in a case of strangury, they prove fatal in seven days, unless, fever supervening, there be a copious discharge of urine.


  • Strangury supervenes upon inflammation of the rectum, and of the womb, and strangury supervenes upon suppuration of the kidney, and hiccup upon inflammation of the liver.


  • If a patient pass blood and clots in his urine, and have strangury, and if a pain seize the hypogastric region and perineum, the parts about the bladder are affected.



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    April 27, 2009

  • Besides a strangury, which kept him on the fidget ten times in an hour, he was very much given to perspire; and in that event, I shifted him.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 2 ch. 1

    September 13, 2008

  • In men: extreme difficulty in urination, to the extent that all that results is a slow painful discharge, a drop at a time, caused by spasmodic contraction of the bladder and urethra. From Greek (via Latin): 'stranx' (drop, trickle) and 'ourein' (to urinate).

    From John de Trevisa's 1398 translation of de Glenville's De proprietatibus rerum

    "He that hath that dysease ... that hyghte Stranguria, pysseth often and lytyll".

    July 30, 2008