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noun

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.

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Origin of air bladder

First recorded in 1725–35
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British Dictionary definitions for air bladder

air bladder

noun

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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Scientific definitions for air bladder

air bladder

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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