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 : cyst sense 2b

2 : something (such as the rubber bag inside a football) resembling a bladder

Keep scrolling for more

Other words from bladder

bladderlike \ˈbla-dər-līk \ adjective

Examples of bladder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Only men have a prostate, which is a gland related to semen production located just below the bladder. Jill Tucker,, "Aggressive, deadly type of prostate cancer occurs at higher rate than previously thought," 9 July 2018 For example, being able to work with nerves in the bladder or the pancreas or vagus nerve could have a lot of interesting therapeutic benefits — almost like acupuncture. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Why it’s so hard to develop the right material for brain implants," 30 May 2018 The prostate is a gland near the bladder that produces prostate fluid, one of the main elements of semen. Gigi Engle, Teen Vogue, "Anal Sex: What You Need to Know," 16 May 2018 The organs filter a person's blood -- about 200 quarts of it each day -- converting waste products into urine, which then flows out of the body through the bladder. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Melania Trump's kidney procedure explained," 14 May 2018 The fishing village of San Felipe has embraced using gill nets to illegally capture the massive 120-pound fish and cut out their bladders, which when dried sell for as much as $30,000 in China. Joshua Emerson Smith,, "Illegal wildlife trade likely unstoppable without dramatic shift in public awareness," 22 Apr. 2018 Hamm underwent a medical exam Sunday, and Harcourt said the team likely punctured Hamm's bladder and/or an artery in his groin. Ivana Hrynkiw,, "'It was a botched execution': Doyle Hamm's lawyer on Thursday's execution attempt," 26 Feb. 2018 Interstitial cystitis, or IC, is a mysterious, painful bladder condition with no known cause or cure. Simone Gorrindo, The Cut, "Living With a Disease That Feels Like a Never-ending UTI," 3 July 2018 Between 1772 and 1816 one in every 38 patients at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital was under treatment for bladder stones. Daniel C. Schlenoff, Scientific American, "50/100/150 Years Ago: The Politics of Urban Riots in 1968," 1 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'bladder.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about bladder

Statistics for bladder

Last Updated

16 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for bladder

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for bladder



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 \

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 \

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on bladder

What made you want to look up bladder? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to make amends

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!