Bladder Blad"der (bl[a^]d"d[~e]r), n. [OE. bladder, bleddre, AS. bl[=ae]dre, bl[=ae]ddre; akin to Icel. bla[eth]ra, SW. bl["a]ddra, Dan. bl[ae]re, D. blaar, OHG. bl[=a]tara the bladder in the body of animals, G. blatter blister, bustule; all fr. the same root as AS. bl[=a]wan, E. blow, to puff. See {Blow} to puff.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Anat.) A bag or sac in animals, which serves as the receptacle of some fluid; as, the urinary bladder; the gall bladder; -- applied especially to the urinary bladder, either within the animal, or when taken out and inflated with air. [1913 Webster]

2. Any vesicle or blister, especially if filled with air, or a thin, watery fluid. [1913 Webster]

3. (Bot.) A distended, membranaceous pericarp. [1913 Webster]

4. Anything inflated, empty, or unsound. ``To swim with bladders of philosophy.'' --Rochester. [1913 Webster]

{Bladder nut}, or {Bladder tree} (Bot.), a genus of plants ({Staphylea}) with bladderlike seed pods.

{Bladder pod} (Bot.), a genus of low herbs ({Vesicaria}) with inflated seed pods.

{Bladdor senna} (Bot.), a genus of shrubs ({Colutea}), with membranaceous, inflated pods.

{Bladder worm} (Zo["o]l.), the larva of any species of tapeworm ({T[ae]nia}), found in the flesh or other parts of animals. See {Measle}, {Cysticercus}.

{Bladder wrack} (Bot.), the common black rock weed of the seacoast ({Fucus nodosus} and {Fucus vesiculosus}) -- called also {bladder tangle}. See {Wrack}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Bladder — Blad der, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bladdered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bladdering}.] 1. To swell out like a bladder with air; to inflate. [Obs.] G. Fletcher. [1913 Webster] 2. To put up in bladders; as, bladdered lard. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bladder — (n.) O.E. blædre (W.Saxon), bledre (Anglian) (urinary) bladder, also blister, pimple, from P.Gmc. *blaedron (Cf. O.N. blaðra, O.S. bladara, O.H.G. blattara, Ger. Blatter, Du. blaar), from PIE *bhle to blow (see BLAST (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • bladder — [blad′ər] n. [ME bladre < OE blæddre < IE * bhlē : see BLAST] 1. a bag consisting of or lined with membranous tissue in the body of many animals, capable of inflation to receive and contain liquids or gases; esp. the URINARY BLADDER in the… …   English World dictionary

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  • bladder — ► NOUN 1) a sac in the abdomen which receives urine from the kidneys and stores it for excretion. 2) an inflated or hollow flexible bag or chamber. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • Bladder — The organ that stores urine. The bladder is a hollow organ in the lower abdomen. The kidneys filter waste from the blood and produce urine, which enters the bladder through two tubes called ureters. Urine leaves the bladder through another tube,… …   Medical dictionary

  • bladder — n. 1) (urinary bladder) a sac shaped organ that has a wall of smooth muscle and stores the urine produced by the kidneys. Urine passes into the bladder through the ureters; the release of urine from the bladder is controlled by a sphincter at its …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • bladder — bladderless, adj. bladderlike, adj. /blad euhr/, n. 1. Anat., Zool. a. a membranous sac or organ serving as a receptacle for a fluid or air. b. See urinary bladder. 2. Pathol. a vesicle, blister, cyst, etc., filled with fluid or air. 3. Bot. an… …   Universalium

  • bladder — n. 1) to empty one s bladder 2) a full bladder * * * [ blædə] a full bladder to empty one s bladder …   Combinatory dictionary

  • bladder — UK [ˈblædə(r)] / US [ˈblædər] noun [countable] Word forms bladder : singular bladder plural bladders 1) a part inside your body that is like a bag where urine collects before being passed from the body 2) a soft bag that holds air or water, for… …   English dictionary

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