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swim bladder

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noun
  1. air bladder(def 2).

Origin of swim bladder

First recorded in 1830–40
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Examples from the Web for swim bladder

Historical Examples

  • Another instance of Evolution's proofs is the swim-bladder of fishes.

    The Other Side of Evolution

    Alexander Patterson

  • Sometimes, as the need of the theory demands, the swim-bladder is claimed as the relic of a discarded lung.

    The Other Side of Evolution

    Alexander Patterson

  • This is the swim-bladder, a float filled with air which tends to give the fish the same weight as the water it displaces.

  • Beneath the swim-bladder is a large cavity filled with various organs, collectively known as the viscera.

  • The reproductive organs lie below the swim-bladder near the posterior end of the body-cavity.


British Dictionary definitions for swim bladder

swim bladder

noun
  1. ichthyol another name for air bladder (def. 1)
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swim bladder in Science

swim bladder

[swĭm]
  1. See air bladder.
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