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In [[anatomy]], the '''genitourinary system''' or '''urogenital system''' is the [[organ system]] of the [[reproductive organ]]s and the [[urinary system]].<ref>{{DorlandsDict|eight/000105290|genitourinary system}}</ref> These are grouped together because of their proximity to each other, their common [[embryology|embryological]] origin and the use of common pathways, like the [[male urethra]]. Also, because of their proximity, the systems are sometimes imaged together.<ref name="urlUC Davis Department of Radiology - Genitourinary Radiology">{{cite web |url=http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/radiology/specialties/genitourinary.html |title=UC Davis Department of Radiology - Genitourinary Radiology |format= |work= |accessdate=2010-03-16}}</ref>
 
To gain access to the body, [[pathogen]]s can penetrate mucous membranes lining the genitourinary tract.
 
The term "apparatus urogenitalis" is used in [[Nomina Anatomica]] (under [[Splanchnologia]]), but not in [[Terminologia Anatomica]].
==Pathology==
Pathology of the urinary system includes a range of disorders from those that are asymptomatic to those that manifest an array of signs and symptoms. Causes for these disorders include congenital anomalies, infectious diseases, trauma, or conditions that secondarily involve the urinary structure.
 
To gain access to the body, [[pathogen]]s can penetrate mucous membranes lining the genitourinary tract.
 
==See also==
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