- a vesicle or sac containing air.
- Also called gas bladder, swim bladder. Ichthyology. a gas-filled sac located against the roof of the body cavity of most bony fishes, originally functioning only as a lung, now serving in many higher fishes to regulate hydrostatic pressure.
Origin of air bladder
First recorded in 1725–35
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Examples from the Web for air bladder
I believe he is rising now from some management of the air-bladder.Jack at Sea
George Manville Fenn
The air-bladder large and strong, and in some cases notched on the margin.The Ocean World:
But the primal purpose of the air-bladder was not to serve as a float.
In the sharks, rays, and chimæras there is no trace of an air-bladder.
The elasticity of the air enables fishes to rise and sink in water, through the action of the air-bladder.
- Also called: swim bladder ichthyol an air-filled sac, lying above the alimentary canal in bony fishes, that regulates buoyancy at different depths by a variation in the pressure of the air
- any air-filled sac, such as one of the bladders of seaweeds
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- An air-filled sac in many fish that helps maintain buoyancy or, in some species, helps in respiration, sound production, or hearing. Also called swim bladder
- See float.
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