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Introduction: Bladder

Urine filtered by the kidneys is passed to the bladder via tubes called ureters. As the bladder fills, a person uses the process of urination (or "voiding") to expel urine from the bladder and out the urethra. The bladder is shaped like an upside-down pyramid pointing down.

Descriptions of Bladder

Bladder: The organ that stores urine.
Source: National Institute of Health

Bladder: a distensible membranous sac (usually containing liquid or gas)
Source: WordNet 2.1

Article Excerpts about Bladder

The bladder is a hollow muscular organ shaped like a balloon. It sits in your pelvis and is held in place by ligaments attached to other organs and the pelvic bones. The bladder stores urine until you are ready to go to the bathroom to empty it. It swells into a round shape when it is full and gets smaller when empty. If the urinary system is healthy, the bladder can hold up to 16 ounces (2 cups) of urine comfortably for 2 to 5 hours. (Source: excerpt from Your Urinary System and How It Works: NIDDK)

Narrow tubes called ureters carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder, a triangle-shaped chamber in the lower abdomen. Like a balloon, the bladder's elastic walls stretch and expand to store urine. They flatten together when urine is emptied through the urethra to outside the body. (Source: excerpt from Kidney Diseases: NWHIC)

Summary Information: Bladder

Bladder: The a bladder is a hollow, muscular organ located in the bottom of the pelvis. The bladder's main function is to collect, store, and excrete waste and fluids in the form of urine. The bladder expands as it receives urine from the ureters, which connect it to the kidneys where the urine is made. Urine is excreted from the bladder to the outside of the body through the urethra. Together with the kidneys, ureters, and urethra, the bladder forms a part of the urinary tract in the genitourinary system.

Conditions that afflict the ureters include urinary tract obstruction, bladder infection, cystitis, bladder cancer, overactive bladder, bladder infection, bladder stone, urinary incontinence, and overactive bladder.

Bladder: The balloon-shaped organ inside the pelvis that holds urine . (Source: excerpt from Kidney Failure Glossary: NIDDK)

Closely Related Organs: Bladder

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Conditions Afflicting Organs: Bladder

The following conditions are related to the organ: Bladder:

Sub Parts: Bladder

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Symptoms Related to Afflictions of: Bladder

These symptoms are related to afflictions of the organ: Bladder:

Condition count: 24 ; see list below.

Organ types: Urinary tract (32)

Number: 1 bladder

Related organs: ureter (4), urethra (4), kidneys (53), urination (4), urinary sphincter, pelvic floor muscles

Main condition: Bladder disorders

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Bladder: Related Topics

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