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ˈblæd ərblad·der

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bladder, vesicanoun

    a distensible membranous sac (usually containing liquid or gas)

  2. bladdernoun

    a bag that fills with air


  1. bladdernoun

    A flexible sac that can expand and contract and that holds liquids or gases.

  2. bladdernoun

    Specifically, the urinary bladder.

  3. bladdernoun

    A hollow, inflatable organ of a plant.

  4. bladdernoun

    The inflatable bag inside various balls used in sports, such as footballs and rugby balls.

  5. bladdernoun

    A sealed, plastic bag that contains wine and is usually packaged in a cask.

  6. Etymology: Akin to Old High German platara (German Blatter) and Old Norse blaðra (Danish blære).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Bladdernoun

    Etymology: bladdre, Saxon; blader, Dutch.

    The bladder should be made of a membranous substance, and extremely dilatable for receiving and containing the urine, till an opportunity of emptying it. John Ray, on the Creation.

    That huge great body which the giant bore,
    Was vanquish’d quite, and of that monstrous mass
    Was nothing left, but like an empty bladder was. Fairy Q.

    A bladder but moderately filled with air, and strongly tied, being held near the fire, grew exceeding turgid and hard; but afterwards being brought nearer to the fire, it suddenly broke, with so loud a noise as made us for a while after almost deaf. Boyle.

    I have ventur’d,
    Like little wanton boys, that swim on bladders,
    These many summers, in a sea of glory;
    But far beyond my depth: my highblown pride
    At length broke under me. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.


  1. bladder

    The urinary bladder, or simply bladder, is a hollow organ in humans and other vertebrates that stores urine from the kidneys before disposal by urination. In humans the bladder is a distensible organ that sits on the pelvic floor. Urine enters the bladder via the ureters and exits via the urethra. The typical adult human bladder will hold between 300 and 500 ml (10.14 and 16.91 fl oz) before the urge to empty occurs, but can hold considerably more.The Latin phrase for "urinary bladder" is vesica urinaria, and the term vesical or prefix vesico - appear in connection with associated structures such as vesical veins. The modern Latin word for "bladder" – cystis – appears in associated terms such as cystitis (inflammation of the bladder).


  1. bladder

    The bladder is a hollow muscular organ in the lower part of the abdomen that stores urine produced by the kidneys, prior to its expulsion from the body through urination. Its shape and size change depending on the volume of urine it's storing. In human beings, the bladder can typically hold between 300 and 500ml of urine.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bladdernoun

    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

  2. Bladdernoun

    any vesicle or blister, especially if filled with air, or a thin, watery fluid

  3. Bladdernoun

    a distended, membranaceous pericarp

  4. Bladdernoun

    anything inflated, empty, or unsound

  5. Bladderverb

    to swell out like a bladder with air; to inflate

  6. Bladderverb

    to put up in bladders; as, bladdered lard

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bladder

    blad′ėr, n. a thin bag distended with liquid or air: the receptacle for the urine.—adjs. Bladd′ered, Bladd′ery, swollen like a bladder.—n. Bladd′erwort, a genus of slender aquatic plants, the leaves floating. [A.S. blǽdreblawan; Old Ger. blahan, blajan, to blow; Ger. blase, bladder—blasen, to blow; cf. L. flat-us, breath.]

Editors Contribution

  1. bladder

    A type of organ.

    Humans and animals have a bladder.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 9, 2020  

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bladder' in Nouns Frequency: #2921

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bladder in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bladder in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of bladder in a Sentence

  1. Benjamin Hooks:

    I wish I could tell you every time I was on the highway and couldn’t use a restroom, my bladder is messed up because of that. Stomach is messed up from eating cold sandwiches.

  2. Amy George:

    Overactive bladder is a syndrome defined by urinary urgency, frequency, and nocturia—somebody wakes up at night to go to the restroom.

  3. Amy George:

    Because of that injury, there can be a miscommunication between the brain and bladder—the bladder has a mind of its own, and instead of staying nice and calm until [it's full], your bladder has involuntary spasms throughout the day.

  4. Dustin Shillcox:

    Imagine what would happen if you can’t evacuate your bowel or bladder effectively. If you can change that, you’re really changing the course and nature of these folks’ lives in a really profound way.

  5. Jean Kerr:

    One of the most difficult things to contend with in a hospital is that assumption on the part of the staff that because you have lost your gall bladder you have also lost your mind.

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