a membranous sac or organ serving as a receptacle for a fluid or air.
Pathology. a vesicle, blister, cyst, etc., filled with fluid or air.
Botany. an air-filled sac or float, as in certain seaweeds.
something resembling a bladder, as the inflatable lining of a football or basketball.
an air-filled sac, usually made to resemble a club, used for beatings in low comedy, vaudeville, or the like.
- blad·der·less, adjective
- blad·der·like, adjective
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How to use bladder in a sentence
Go to the bathroom frequently, because a full bladder will make you significantly colder.
In 1969, the Food and Drug Administration banned the sweetener cyclamate after lab studies indicated that large doses of the sweetener led to bladder cancer in animals.The Rise And Fall Of Tab – After Surviving The Sweetener Scares, The Iconic Diet Soda Gets Canned | LGBTQ-Editor | November 29, 2020 | No Straight News
To find out, Charlotte went hunting for small bladder snails in local streams.Student scientists work to help all of us survive a warmer world | Bethany Brookshire | October 21, 2020 | Science News For Students
Symptoms range from numbness, tingling or pain to limb paralysis and bladder problems.Here’s what pausing the AstraZeneca-Oxford coronavirus vaccine trial really means | Aimee Cunningham | September 9, 2020 | Science News
Nothing’s more important than staying hydrated when hiking, and an excellent way to do this is with a hydration bladder.
She lost control of her bladder as she crouched in a corner, shaking, and unable to move her body due to the shock.
The gasbag is in two parts—a tough shell and a gastight bladder, the latter being designed to be discarded if it leaks.
Kerri Kasem said in court Friday that her father was suffering from bedsores and lung and bladder infections.
Prick the bladder with a needle every so often,” she advises sagely, “to keep it from exploding.
“My dog has just had to learn good bladder and bowel control,” he jokes.In Florida, Sprawling Humans Confront the Bears Who Lived There First | Jacqui Goddard | March 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Their usual source is the deeper layers of the urinary tract, especially of the bladder.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
Considerable hemorrhages from the bladder may occur in vesical calculus, tuberculosis, and newgrowths.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
On the way we were greatly excited to see the bladder of an indicator net smoking.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
At home all the morning, being by the cold weather, which for these two days has been frost, in some pain in my bladder.Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete | Samuel Pepys
In less than two minutes the cranium of Mark Antony Figgins was as smooth and destitute of hair as a bladder of lard.Jack Harkaway's Boy Tinker Among The Turks | Bracebridge Hemyng
British Dictionary definitions for bladder
anatomy a distensible membranous sac, usually containing liquid or gas, esp the urinary bladder: Related adjective: vesical
an inflatable part of something
a blister, cyst, vesicle, etc, usually filled with fluid
a hollow vesicular or saclike part or organ in certain plants, such as the bladderwort or bladderwrack
- bladdery, adjective
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Scientific definitions for bladder
A sac-shaped muscular organ that stores the urine secreted by the kidneys, found in all vertebrates except birds and the monotremes. In mammals, urine is carried from the kidneys to the bladder by the ureters and is later discharged from the body through the urethra.
An air bladder.
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Cultural definitions for bladder
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