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What is the cause of urine smell?

Dilworth dilworth at megsinet.net
Wed Jan 26 14:23:46 EST 2000

I would guess it has something to do with the urine breaking down into
ammonia from urea (certain organisms like Proteus species do this quite
well) , but I don't remember the biochemistry.  Someone here will, I'm sure.

Judy Dilworth, M.T. (ASCP)

3S wrote:

> Dear reader,
> Currenlty I am developing a public urinal for placement in public space.
> One of the main problems is that the existing urinals stink. This smell
> causes people not to use the urinal and urinate elsewhere.
> To solve this smell problem it is required to get a good insight in its
> causes.
>    *      What causes the smell of urine and what reactions and bacteria
>      play a part in this?
>    *      What are the circumstances under which the smell appears?
>    *      Does the layer of ureum that forms on frequently urinated
>      spots contribute to the smell?
> Thank you!

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