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  1. Medicine/Medical. a blister or vesicle.
  2. a bubble.
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Origin of bleb

First recorded in 1600–10; akin to blob, blubber
Related formsbleb·by, adjective
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Related Words for bleb

abscess, sore, welt, ulcer, cyst, pimple, sac, blister, carbuncle, wale, weal, bubble, burn, vesicle, canker, boil, blain, vesication, furuncle, bleb

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Historical Examples of bleb

  • 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)


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



British Dictionary definitions for bleb


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

Word Origin for bleb

C17: variant of blob
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Word Origin and History for bleb


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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

bleb in Medicine


  1. A large flaccid vesicle.
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