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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Or that, as one of Mr. Diamond’s friends relates, workers at an Australian slaughterhouse, out of dislike for Britain, occasionally slipped a bitter-tasting, bile-laden sheep gall bladder into exports of sheep livers bound for the United Kingdom? Brendan Simms, WSJ, "Jared Diamond’s ‘Upheaval’ Reviewed: Nations at the Turning Point," 14 June 2019 Reportedly doctors in the Dominican capital, where Ortiz was shot at a bar Sunday evening, removed his gall bladder, an organ people can live well without. Globe Staff,, "Infections are the big worry after abdominal injuries like those suffered by Ortiz, doctors say," 11 June 2019 If the spinal cord is completely severed by trauma to the neck region, victims are paralyzed in legs, arms and torso, unable to control their bowel and bladder, and without bodily sensations. Christof Koch, Scientific American, "What Is Consciousness?," 8 May 2018 The cancer spread to her colon, bowel and bladder, too. Jen Christensen, CNN, "Does talcum powder cause cancer? A legal and scientific battle rages," 11 Apr. 2018 His bowel and bladder were ruptured and his colon torn. Mark Curnutte,, "Paraplegic 6-year-old’s ‘Daddy’ faces deportation," 4 Jan. 2018 For instance, a University of Southern California study found that women who had colored their hair once per month for fifteen years or more had a 50 percent higher risk of bladder cancer. Longreads, "True Roots," 5 June 2019 The section of dock that collapsed on Monday had a building containing a fuel bladder – a rubber tank used for storing fuel – that fell into the water along with the structure. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "Up to 3,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled in ‘critical habitat’ north of Kodiak," 28 Feb. 2018 He was known for his high-end cuisine at Auberge du Pont de Collonges, especially for such dishes as truffle soup with a dramatic dome of puff pastry and Bresse chicken cooked in a bladder. Bon Appétit, Bon Appetit, "Paul Bocuse Dies at 91: How Chefs Are Remembering the Revered French Chef," 20 Jan. 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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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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