bladder

noun blad·der \ ˈbla-dər \
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

Definition of bladder

1 a : a membranous sac in animals that serves as the receptacle of a liquid or contains gas; especially : urinary bladder
b : cyst 2b
2 : something (such as the rubber bag inside a football) resembling a bladder

bladderlike

play \-līk\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of bladder

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


BLADDER Defined for English Language Learners

bladder

noun

Definition of bladder for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

bladder

noun blad·der \ ˈbla-dər \

Definition of bladder for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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

Illustration of bladder



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