Arches. Photo by Daniel Chia
HOPES: Huntington's Outreach Project for Education, at Stanford
Nov
15
2010

diuretic

A drug used to increase urine formation and output. Diuretics are prescribed for the treatment of edema (the accumulation of excess fluids in the tissues of the body), which often occurs as the result of disease of the kidneys, liver, lungs, or heart. Diuretics are also used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure).