bladder

noun
blad·​der | \ ˈbla-dər \

Definition of bladder

1a : a membranous sac in animals that serves as the receptacle of a liquid or contains gas especially : urinary bladder
b : a gas- or air-filled vesicle in certain algae and aquatic plants (such as rockweed) : air bladder sense b
2 : something (such as the rubber bag inside a football) resembling a bladder

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Other Words from bladder

bladderlike \ ˈbla-​dər-​līk \ adjective

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Now, robots are often used in surgeries to remove gall bladders and in hysterectomies. Peter Loftus, WSJ, "Johnson & Johnson to Buy Surgical Robotics Maker," 13 Feb. 2019 However, emerging research points to the presence of a bladder microbiome, or bacteria that normally live in harmony inside of this organ, Dr. Kielb says. Korin Miller, SELF, "Is It Sanitary to Pee in the Shower or Should You Stop Immediately?," 7 Feb. 2019 This monitoring currently consists of visual analysis of cells taken from the patient's bladder. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Just pee in a cup for bladder cancer detection," 10 Dec. 2018 The prisoner’s attorney said the man’s bladder may have been punctured during the attempt. Willie James Inman, Fox News, "Future of lethal injection in doubt as critics, drug makers rebel against it," 31 July 2018 The patient will then keep a bladder diary for about a week to see if symptoms improve. Trihealth, Cincinnati.com, "A stimulating option for treating an overactive bladder," 12 Mar. 2018 A few years later, at age 46, he is diagnosed with kidney cancer, followed by bladder cancer that will become an exhausting, nearly 14-year game of Whac-A-Mole. Heller Mcalpin, WSJ, "‘All the Lives We Ever Lived’ Review: Catching Hold of Vital Moments," 18 Jan. 2019 Some cause gastroenteritis or bladder infections while others cause conjunctivitis (pinkeye). Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "A look at the virus behind seven deaths at a New Jersey facility," 25 Oct. 2018 The pilot doesn’t do anything other than release their bladder. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "New Device Helps Fighter Pilots Pee at 30,000 Feet," 3 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of bladder

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for bladder

Middle English, from Old English blǣdre; akin to Old High German blātara bladder, Old English blāwan to blow

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The first known use of bladder was before the 12th century

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bladder

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bladder

: the organ in the body that holds urine after it passes through the kidneys and before it leaves the body
: a soft bag (such as the rubber bag inside a football) that is filled with water or air

bladder

noun
blad·​der | \ ˈbla-dər \

Kids Definition of bladder

1 : an organ in the body resembling a pouch into which urine passes from the kidneys and is temporarily stored until discharged from the body
2 : a container that can be filled with air or gas

bladder

noun
blad·​der | \ ˈblad-ər \

Medical Definition of bladder

1 : a membranous sac in animals that serves as the receptacle of a liquid or contains gas especially : urinary bladder
2 : a vesicle or pouch forming part of an animal body the bladder of a tapeworm larva

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