blad·​der | \ ˈbla-dər How to pronounce bladder (audio) \

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 How to pronounce bladderlike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of bladder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, the three astronauts in the command capsule peed into a condom-like sleeve that collected the urine in a bladder worn under the clothing; feces went straight into bags. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "Why NASA Designed a New $23 Million Space Toilet," 22 June 2020 Asking me to lie back, Dr. Ko then pressed on my stomach, checking the surface of organs such as liver, kidneys and bladder. Los Angeles Times, "I went to the doctor for a routine checkup during the pandemic. You should, too," 19 June 2020 While the gang was reuniting in Miami, Snooki returned from a night out with a full bladder and decided to relieve herself in the swimming pool. Derek Lawrence,, "The party's leaving: Snooki's snookiest Jersey Shore moments," 18 June 2020 My father battled bladder cancer for over 25 years, but in the end, cancer won out big time. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Constant caregiver worn to breaking point," 16 June 2020 Previous research has found links between a dog’s exposure to lawn herbicides and developing bladder cancer. Carrie Arnold, National Geographic, "Dogs can be 'early-warning systems' for toxic chemical exposure at home," 10 June 2020 Her full-time assistant who, among other things, helps with catheterisation to drain her bladder every few hours at work, is unwilling to accompany her to the hospital. Priti Salian, Quartz India, "Differently abled Indian healthcare workers fight a lonely battle against Covid-19," 8 May 2020 Anyone swimming in, or drinking water inhabited by, these snails is likely to contract the disease, which can eventually lead to liver damage, kidney failure, infertility, or bladder cancer. Lee H. Goldberg, Ars Technica, "Can gender-bending Israeli superprawns help feed the world?," 10 May 2020 The 69-year-old Crosses for Losses founder was diagnosed late last year with bladder cancer. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "Greg Zanis, known the nation over as 'The Cross Man,' dies at 69," 4 May 2020

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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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3 Jul 2020

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“Bladder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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


blad·​der | \ ˈbla-dər How to pronounce bladder (audio) \

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


blad·​der | \ ˈblad-ər How to pronounce bladder (audio) \

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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