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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bladderlike \ ˈbla-​dər-​līk How to pronounce bladderlike (audio) \ adjective

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At the Institute for Regenerative Medicine, researchers have created skin and cartilage, urethras and bladders. New York Times, "Why Midsize Cities Struggle to Catch Up to Superstar Cities," 16 July 2019 For some breeds, such as Dalmatians, going veg could be even beneficial to health - a low-protein diet can lower the risk of bladder stones, which these dogs get frequently. Marta Zaraska,, "Be leery about vegetarian diets for your pets," 10 July 2019 An inspection of the truck revealed a switch, wiring, electric pump motor and a fuel bladder had been installed. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Accused fuel pirate had nearly 60 counterfeit credit cards, police say," 28 June 2019 The totoaba bladder seizure comes less than a month after a court sentenced an ex-US Border Patrol agent to prison for smuggling, among other things, $250,000 worth of protected Mexican sea cucumbers into the United States. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "“Tourists” caught in US with endangered fish bladders worth $3.7 million," 18 June 2019 The helicopter is also fitted with unique fuel bladders to extend the helicopter’s flying range. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Sikorsky Will Build the President's New Marine One Helicopter," 11 June 2019 Oritz suffered damage to his liver, gall bladder and had part of his colon removed, according to ESPN. Scooby Axson,, "Report: David Ortiz in Stable Condition After Shooting in Dominican Republic," 9 June 2019 Some received pelvic floor muscle training (PFMT, like Kegels) in addition to other treatments such as bladder training or anti-incontinence drugs, and others received only other treatments without pelvic floor muscle training. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "What to Know About Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Your Pelvic Floor," 10 May 2019 Also, during certain parts of the treatment your skin is pulled taut, so even a light press on a full bladder can be uncomfortable. Amber Katz, Glamour, "12 Things Your Bikini Waxer Wants You to Know," 24 Mar. 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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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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