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bleb

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noun

Medicine/Medical. a blister or vesicle.
a bubble.

RELATED WORDS

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

Nearby words

bleary, bleary-eyed, bleasdale, bleat, bleaunt, bleb, bled, bledisloe cup, bleed, bleed someone white, bleed valve

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

  • 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|Various

British Dictionary definitions for bleb

bleb

/ (blɛb) /

noun

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

Word Origin for bleb

C17: variant of blob
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Word Origin and History for bleb

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

Medicine definitions for bleb

bleb

[ blĕb ]

n.

A large flaccid vesicle.
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