bladder

noun
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

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That includes lung cancer as well as leukemia, stomach cancer, and bladder cancer, among others, Alyssa Rieber, M.D., chair of the department of general oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, tells SELF. Korin Miller, SELF, "Cancer Deaths Have Declined 27 Percent in 25 Years, But Not Everyone Is Seeing the Same Benefit," 8 Jan. 2019 The mesh product—used to treat a condition called pelvic organ prolapse, in which organs like the bladder, uterus and others sag into the vaginal area—was first cleared by the FDA for U.S. marketing in 1996. Thomas M. Burton, WSJ, "FDA Panel Assesses Risks of Women’s Surgical Mesh," 12 Feb. 2019 McClellan was diagnosed with stage 3 endometrial cancer in March and the disease eventually spread to her colon, bladder, and intestines, according to a GoFundMe page that was created to offset some of her medical expenses. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'The Voice' Star Beverly McClellan Has Died of Cancer at 49," 1 Nov. 2018 Causes of nocturia include drinking too much fluid before bedtime, urinary tract infections, and an overactive bladder, per the Cleveland Clinic. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "8 Reasons You're Waking Up Mid-Sleep, and How to Fix Them," 11 Aug. 2018 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

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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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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 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

bladder

noun
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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