Definition of bladder in English:

bladder

noun

  • 1A muscular membranous sac in the abdomen which receives urine from the kidneys and stores it for excretion.

    ‘patients were asked to empty their bladders before going to bed’
    • ‘A small amount of urine drips constantly from your kidneys to your bladder through tubes called ureters.’
    • ‘The urine is stored in your bladder, which can expand to accommodate the increasing volume.’
    • ‘The corpsman donned sterile gloves and then tapped the sailor's lower abdomen verifying the full bladder.’
    • ‘When you need to pass urine your bladder tells your brain it is full.’
    • ‘It was over three hours until the band were on, I wasn't sure if my notoriously thimble-sized bladder would hold out that long.’
    • ‘This maneuver requires that manual pressure be exerted on the abdomen over the bladder to express the urine.’
    • ‘Going too often - more than, say eight or nine times a day - could signal an already irritated bladder.’
    • ‘A woman's pelvic floor supports the bladder, womb and the bowel.’
    • ‘Her bladder woke her up early one morning two weeks later.’
    • ‘I have a tiny alcohol-affected bladder that forces me to the bathroom two to three times per fine dining experience.’
    • ‘When the bladder fills, a signal is sent from the bladder to the brain via the spinal cord to initiate the urge to urinate.’
    • ‘The mass was invading the posterior wall of the bladder and the prostate.’
    • ‘My god, I thought, this guy's bladder must be the size of a basketball.’
    • ‘Urine is stored in the bladder, which stretches like a balloon as it fills up.’
    • ‘You are more likely to have bladder infections if your bladder does not empty fully each time you urinate.’
    • ‘Waste products from the blood are removed in the kidneys and stored in the bladder as urine.’
    • ‘When you urinate, the muscles around the urethra relax and the bladder tightens to squeeze urine out.’
    • ‘Children clamored for the pig's bladder, to be used as a balloon.’
    • ‘Some men get better by taking medicines that help the way the bladder or prostate gland work.’
    • ‘Even now in our more mature years, the stance is excruciatingly difficult to maintain when one's bladder is especially full.’
  • 2An inflated or hollow flexible bag or chamber.

    ‘a dried bladder of seaweed’
    ‘an air bladder in the arch of the shoe’
    • ‘After a leak was identified, all fuel had to be transferred from one bladder to another.’
    • ‘After it failed to inflate during testing, she freed the bladder from the pouch manually and the jerk cord worked fine.’
    • ‘Take some small, carefully sewn parchment bags with bladders inside, pour the pure ink into them, and hang them in the sun until the ink is completely dry.’
    • ‘The cuff is an inelastic cloth that encircles the arm and encloses the inflatable rubber bladder.’
    • ‘A pocket on the lower back of the suspenders accepts a 50-ounce bladder.’
    • ‘Until the gas bladder fully inflates, these fish use submerged objects to prop themselves up.’
    • ‘The tank's inner bladder is fuel-impermeable and collapses as fuel is used up.’
    • ‘If members of the public see young people acting in an unusual manner or carrying wine bladders they should immediately inform police.’
    • ‘There's a big wobbly bladder of the stuff downstairs in the fridge.’
    • ‘The lining of the shoe contains a bladder which houses the air chambers which inflate, making them like air bags for the feet.’
    • ‘He covered my leg in plaster of Paris strips again and then moulded them in place using an inflatable rubber bladder.’
    • ‘A collapsible fuel bladder was mounted in the bomb bay that allowed 225 extra gallons of fuel to be carried.’
    • ‘He began to unzip a pocket on his thigh and remove a plastic swollen bladder filled with water.’
    • ‘The maximum distance across the grain ranged from 50 to 70 m, and depended on the expansion of the pollen bladders.’
    • ‘To raise the capsule through the water, pumps shift about a cup of hydraulic oil from a reservoir in the cylinder to a small external bladder.’
    • ‘Then he reached inside and took out the inflated wine bladders he'd stuffed in for extra buoyancy.’
    • ‘Other conifers produce pollen with a single bladder.’
    • ‘We used a 100 oz water bladder and two 22 oz water bottles each and still ran out of water on some rides.’
    • ‘The device works by intermittently inflating a small rubber bladder in the back of the stocking.’
    • ‘A large 100-ounce mouth bladder cradled in an insulated pouch holds plenty of water.’
    • ‘The clear tones of birdsong emerge from internal air sacs that can inflate and deflate, much like a bagpipe's bladder.’
    • ‘In contrast to some other halophytic plants, S. salsa does not have salt glands or salt bladders on its leaves.’
    • ‘He found parts of a flashlight, life preserver, fuel bladder and turbine engine.’
    bag, pouch, blister
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Origin

Old English blǣdre, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch blaar and German Blatter, also to blow.

Pronunciation

bladder

/ˈbladə/