Definition of bladder in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbladə/


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
More example sentences
  • Waste products from the blood are removed in the kidneys and stored in the bladder as urine.
  • This maneuver requires that manual pressure be exerted on the abdomen over the bladder to express the urine.
  • A small amount of urine drips constantly from your kidneys to your bladder through tubes called ureters.
2An inflated or hollow flexible bag or chamber: a dried bladder of seaweed an air bladder in the arch of the shoe
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  • The maximum distance across the grain ranged from 50 to 70 m, and depended on the expansion of the pollen bladders.
  • In contrast to some other halophytic plants, S. salsa does not have salt glands or salt bladders on its leaves.
  • Other conifers produce pollen with a single bladder.


Old English blǣdre, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch blaar and German Blatter, also to blow1.

Words that rhyme with bladder

adder, khaddar, ladder, madder

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Line breaks: blad|der

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