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Encyclopedia > Bladder
  • A bladder is a pouch or other flexible enclosure with waterproof or gasproof walls.
  • In the context of animals and anatomy, "bladder" usually refers to the urinary bladder. The term is generic and can also be used for other enclosures, such as the gallbladder.
  • Zeppelins are kept buoyant by gas bladders, as are many species of kelp.



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Urinary bladder - definition of Urinary bladder in Encyclopedia (305 words)
In the anatomy of mammals, the urinary bladder is the organ that collects urine excreted by the kidneys prior to disposal by urination.
The urinary bladder is a hollow, muscular and distensible organ that sits on the pelvic floor (superior to the prostate in males).
The smooth triangular area of the bladder between the entrance of the two ureters and the exit of the urethra is called the trigone.
National Cancer Institute - Bladder Cancer Treatment (844 words)
Bladder cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the bladder.
When the bladder is emptied during urination, the urine goes from the bladder to the outside of the body through another tube called the urethra.
Cancer that begins in the transitional cells may spread through the lining of the bladder and invade the muscle wall of the bladder or spread to nearby organs and lymph nodes; this is called invasive bladder cancer.
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