noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English blǣdre; akin to Old High German blātara bladder, Old English blāwan to blow Date: before 12th century 1. a. a membranous sac in animals that serves as the receptacle of a liquid or contains gas; especially urinary bladder b. cyst 2b 2. something (as the rubber bag inside a football) resembling a bladder • bladderlike adjective

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  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

  • Bladder — (engl.), Bladdernase, die Mützenrobbe (s. Seehunde) …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • 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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