We're unable to sign you in at this time. Please try again in a few minutes.
We were able to sign you in, but your subscription(s) could not be found. Please try again in a few minutes.
There may be a problem with your account. Please contact the AMA Service Center to resolve this issue.
Contact the AMA Service Center:
Telephone: 1 (800) 262-2350 or 1 (312) 670-7827  *   Email: subscriptions@jamanetwork.com
Error Message ......

Passing Out When Passing Urine

David Goldblatt, MD
JAMA. 1985;254(1):54. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360010060010.
Text Size: A A A
Published online

To the Editor.—  The words we use in medical writing, and their meanings, change with time. In "Micturition Syncope: A Reappraisal," Kapoor et al1 used micturition to mean urination. Current editions of Webster's and the Oxford dictionary agree. A century ago, neither word, micturition or syncope, meant what it does today. Micturition, for most of its 260 years in print, was "the desire to make water; a morbid frequency in the voiding of urine." Using it for "the action of making water" was incorrect.2 Syncope meant "failure of the heart's action, resulting in unconsciousness, and sometimes death"; now those who only stand and faint also have syncope. The "twenty-dollar word" has replaced the "ten-center."3Both urination and micturition may be said to have their place. When Samuel Johnson failed to include them in his dictionary, he was left without either a conventional or a medically precise word


Sign in

Purchase Options

• Buy this article
• Subscribe to the journal
• Rent this article ?




Also Meets CME requirements for:
Browse CME for all U.S. States
Accreditation Information
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM per course. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physicians who complete the CME course and score at least 80% correct on the quiz are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.
Note: You must get at least of the answers correct to pass this quiz.
Please click the checkbox indicating that you have read the full article in order to submit your answers.
Your answers have been saved for later.
You have not filled in all the answers to complete this quiz
The following questions were not answered:
Sorry, you have unsuccessfully completed this CME quiz with a score of
The following questions were not answered correctly:
Commitment to Change (optional):
Indicate what change(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Your quiz results:
The filled radio buttons indicate your responses. The preferred responses are highlighted
For CME Course: A Proposed Model for Initial Assessment and Management of Acute Heart Failure Syndromes
Indicate what changes(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.


Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

0 Citations

Sign in

Purchase Options

• Buy this article
• Subscribe to the journal
• Rent this article ?

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.