The urinary system filters the blood and removes liquid waste products from the body in the form of urine. Picture 1 shows where the organs of the urinary system are located inside the body. Picture 2 is an enlarged diagram of these organs.
Parts of the Urinary System
The major organs of the urinary system are:
- Kidneys - filter the blood, keep the right balance of water in body tissues, and change liquid waste products into urine.
- Ureters - long narrow tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the urinary bladder.
- Urinary bladder - a muscular pouch where urine collects and is stored until it is passed out of the body.
- Urethra - narrow tube that passes through the penis and carries urine from the bladder to the outside.
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