urinary bladder


: a membranous sac in many vertebrates that serves for the temporary retention of urine and discharges by the urethra

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Word History

First Known Use

1728, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of urinary bladder was in 1728

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“Urinary bladder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urinary%20bladder. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

urinary bladder

: a distensible membranous sac that serves for the temporary retention of the urine, is situated in the pelvis in front of the rectum, receives the urine from the two ureters and discharges it at intervals into the urethra through an orifice closed by a sphincter, is lined with transitional hypoblastic epithelium, and develops from the proximal part of the allantois of the embryo

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