swim bladder


Definition of swim bladder

: the air bladder of a fish

Examples of swim bladder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, products like fish swim bladder – also known as aquatic cocaine – and cosmetics containing shark liver oil appeal to perceptions of female beauty, targeting aging women with false promises of eternal youth. Candace Famiglietti, The Conversation, "Python skin jackets and elephant leather boots: How wealthy Western nations help drive the global wildlife trade," 19 June 2020 The pressure eliminates the possibility of a swim bladder; the lack of food precludes the ossification of bones. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, "Thirty-six Thousand Feet," 10 May 2020 The same is true of fish, which regulate their buoyancy through the inflation and deflation of swim bladders. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, "Thirty-six Thousand Feet," 10 May 2020 The species, which grows to 6 feet long and weighs up to 220 pounds, was prized for its swim bladder, or maw, an organ that helps ballast the animal. Adam Elder, Wired, "How a Pudgy Porpoise May Save Other Animals From Extinction," 16 Apr. 2020 The same bends that kill them make their diets a mystery, bursting their swim bladders and pushing out the contents of their guts. Asher Elbein, New York Times, "Earth’s Deepest River Conceals an Evolutionary Mystery," 25 Feb. 2020 Rockfish brought up from waters deeper than 65 feet often suffer from decompression trauma due to their having unvented swim bladders and can literally turn inside out. Anchorage Daily News, "Fish and Game unveils playing cards filled with facts about Alaska rockfish," 17 Dec. 2019 Their ability to hear comes from small bones near their skull that link their swim bladder and their inner ear. National Geographic, "Goldfish aren't the ho-hum fish you thought they were," 20 Oct. 2019 Vaquitas were regularly drowning in gill nets meant for shrimp and totoabas, a fish whose swim bladder is a delicacy in China. National Geographic, "The ‘little cow’ of the sea nears extinction," 20 Sep. 2019

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1837, in the meaning defined above

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“Swim bladder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swim%20bladder. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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