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bleb

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noun
  1. Medicine/Medical. a blister or vesicle.
  2. a bubble.

Origin of bleb

First recorded in 1600–10; akin to blob, blubber
Related formsbleb·by, adjective
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Examples from the Web for bleb

Historical Examples

  • Bleb, bleb, n. a transparent blister of the cuticle: a bubble, as in water.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)

    Various

  • In many cases this swelling amounts to a bleb which may be increased by massage of or pressure upon the eyeball.

    Glaucoma

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British Dictionary definitions for bleb

bleb

noun
  1. a fluid-filled blister on the skin
  2. a small air bubble
Derived Formsblebby, adjective

Word Origin

C17: variant of blob
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for bleb

n.

c.1600, "blister or swelling," imitative. Also used for "bubble" (1640s), "protuberance on a cell surface" (1962).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

bleb in Medicine

bleb

(blĕb)
n.
  1. A large flaccid vesicle.
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