Definition: Acute urinary retention is a sudden need to urinate and an inability to do so. it often requires an emergency room visit and insertion of a urinary catheter.
Pronunciation: a CUTE your in ary RE ten sion
Also Known As: inability to urinate
Examples:All of a sudden he felt intense pain near his bladder and abdomen. He could not urinate at all. When he went to the emergency room at his nearby hospital, he was diagnosed with acute urinary retention.