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

    ‘a dried bladder of seaweed’
    ‘an air bladder in the arch of the shoe’
    • ‘Other conifers produce pollen with a single bladder.’
    • ‘In contrast to some other halophytic plants, S. salsa does not have salt glands or salt bladders on its leaves.’
    • ‘The maximum distance across the grain ranged from 50 to 70 m, and depended on the expansion of the pollen bladders.’
    bag, pouch, bladder, 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/