• WordNet 3.6
    • n bladder a bag that fills with air
    • n bladder a distensible membranous sac (usually containing liquid or gas)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A women from Berlin Germany has had 3,110 gallstones taken out of her gall bladder
    • Bladder (Anat) 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.
    • Bladder (Bot) A distended, membranaceous pericarp.
    • Bladder Any vesicle or blister, especially if filled with air, or a thin, watery fluid.
    • Bladder Anything inflated, empty, or unsound. "To swim with bladders of philosophy."
    • Bladder To put up in bladders; as, bladdered lard.
    • Bladder To swell out like a bladder with air; to inflate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Sometime around 1050 some English boys looking for a diversion blew up an old cow bladder and began to kick it around. The new game would go on to be called soccer.
    • n bladder A thin, elastic, highly distensible and contractile muscular and membranous sac forming that portion of the urinary passages in which urine, constantly secreted by the kidneys, is retained until it is discharged from the body. Such a vesicle is specially characteristic of mammals, its size and shape varying with the species. Its cavity is primitively that of the allantois. It is lined with mucous membrane, is more or less invested with peritoneum, and is supplied with vessels and nerves.
    • n bladder Any similar receptacle, sac, or vesicle, commonly distinguished by a qualifying prefix. See air-bladder, brain-bladder, gall-bladder, swim-bladder.
    • n bladder Any vesicle, blister, bleb, blain, or pustule containing fluid or air.
    • n bladder In botany: A hollow membranous appendage on the leaves of Utricularia, filled with air and floating the plant.
    • n bladder A cellular expansion of the substance of many algæ filled with air. See cut under air-cell.
    • n bladder Anything inflated, empty, or unsound: as, “bladders of philosophy,”
    • bladder To put up in a bladder: as, bladdered lard.
    • bladder To puff up; fill, as with wind.
    • n bladder A membranous inflated fruit, as that of Kœlreuteria or the pericarp of Physalis.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average Human bladder can hold 13 ounces of liquid.
    • n Bladder blad′ėr a thin bag distended with liquid or air: the receptacle for the urine
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bladder, bleddre, AS. blǣdre, blǣddre,; akin to Icel. blaðra, SW. bläddra, Dan. blære, D. blaar, OHG. blātara, the bladder in the body of animals, G. blatter, blister, bustule; all fr. the same root as AS. blāwan, E. blow, to puff. See Blow to puff
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. blǽdreblawan; Old Ger. blahan, blajan, to blow; Ger. blase, bladder—blasen, to blow; cf. L. flat-us, breath.


In literature:

Observe the allantoic bladder, the spleen, gall bladder, portal vein, and pancreas.
"Text Book of Biology, Part 1: Vertebrata" by H. G. Wells
Cork the jar well and tie a bladder over it.
"My Pet Recipes, Tried and True" by Various
The lair of the bacilli is believed to be the gall-bladder.
"Preventable Diseases" by Woods Hutchinson
He worried himself so much in trying to escape that he looked like a bladder.
"Folk-Lore and Legends: North American Indian" by Anonymous
Then they called to Buffalo Bladder.
"Myths and Legends of the Great Plains" by Unknown
And when all of them were tied on, the raft floated like a bladder.
"A Book of Burlesques" by H. L. Mencken
Yet always more bladder faces rose in front of us, and more wings beat down from above.
"The Winged Men of Orcon" by David R. Sparks
Hanging on trees were bladders filled with congealed milk or blood.
"The Land of the Long Night" by Paul du Chaillu
Inflated: blown up; distended bladder-like.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
"Cattle and Their Diseases" by Robert Jennings

In poetry:

The campion bladders the children burst,
The bramble that clutches and won't take nay,
And the pensive delicate foxgloves nursed
In woods that curtain from glare of day.
"A Country Nosegay" by Alfred Austin
There are many diseases,
That strike people's kneeses,
Scorflufus! is one by name
It comes from the East
Packed in bladders of yeast
So the Chinese must take half the blame.
"Scorflufus" by Spike Milligan
The broken halves are fellowed in a cripple,
The crutch that marrow taps upon their sleep,
Limp in the street of sea, among the rabble
Of tide-tongued heads and bladders in the deep,
And stake the sleepers in the savage grave
That the vampire laugh.
"My World Is Pyramid" by Dylan Thomas

In news:

The prostate gland is a male sex organ located below the bladder and around the urethra.
Diesel engine exhausts cause cancer in humans, World Health Organization experts said on Tuesday in a decision which raises the risk rating of diesel fumes based on evidence of links to lung and bladder cancer.
Its distended gut tells you the swim bladder is inflated, which prevents it from submerging and swimming to the depths.
The force of the rushing water simply shoved aside the bladder — approximate weight, 133 tons — and the flood moved toward Penn Station.
("Bob") Foreman , my former boss, mentor, and friend, passed away on July 26 at Cottage Hospital after a short battle with bladder cancer.
Bladder cancer is a disease you don't hear people talking about much, yet it's the fourth most common cancer among men — and one of the tougher cancers to successfully treat.
Serving Montgomery County, PA. PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A lawsuit says that a bachelor party mishap at a Philadelphia strip club landed the groom -to-be in a hospital with a ruptured bladder.
PHILADELPHIA—A lawsuit says that a bachelor party mishap at a Philadelphia strip club landed the groom -to-be in a hospital with a ruptured bladder.
PHILADELPHIA – A lawsuit says that a bachelor party mishap at a Philadelphia strip club landed the groom -to-be in a hospital with a ruptured bladder.
Lapdance Left Groom With Busted Bladder.
Stripper burst bladder, groom claims in lawsuit.
Bladder Bust Is A Big Hit On Tuesday Night.
THE FAMILY of former NFL coach Jack Pardee says the NFL defensive great has been diagnosed with gall bladder cancer and has 6 to 9 months to live.
Need a spare bladder for hydration pack.
Where can I get a spare bladder for my hydration pack (straw included).

In science:

Prostate motion depending on bladder and rectum filling are ideally taken into account with rigid registration.
MRI/TRUS data fusion for prostate brachytherapy. Preliminary results
In another example, Yamaguchi and Ohashi (1999) reported a much larger center variation for the baseline risk than the variation of the treatment effects in a multi-center clinical bladder cancer trial.
Multi-center clinical trials: Randomization and ancillary statistics
Investing centre effects in a multi-centre clinical trial of superficial bladder cancer.
Multi-center clinical trials: Randomization and ancillary statistics
From this, three key issues can be addressed a) the kinematics of the vertebrae, b) the skin, which, even if solutions were proposed, many uncertainties remain, and c) the buoyancy of the prototype, which will be extended in the future and will lead to systems or ballast bladder.
The eel-like robot
The role of Nacetylation polymorphisms in smoking-associated bladder cancer: Evidence of a gene-gene-exposure three-way interaction.
General theory for interactions in sufficient cause models with dichotomous exposures