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v. dis·tend·ed, dis·tend·ing, dis·tends
To swell out or expand, especially from internal pressure: The puppies ate until their stomachs distended.
To cause to expand, especially from internal pressure; dilate: Fluid distends a blister.
[Middle English distenden, from Latin distendere : dis-, dis- + tendere, to stretch; see ten- in Indo-European roots.]
dis·ten′si·ble (dĭ-stĕn′sə-bəl) adj.
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1. to expand or be expanded by or as if by pressure from within; swell; inflate
2. (tr) to stretch out or extend
3. (tr) to magnify in importance; exaggerate
[C14: from Latin distendere, from dis-1 + tendere to stretch]
disˈtension, disˈtention n
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1. to expand by stretching, as something hollow or elastic.
2. to spread in all directions; expand.
[1375–1425; < Latin distendere=dis- dis-1 + tendere to stretch]
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Past participle: distended
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|Verb||1.||distend - become wider; "His pupils were dilated"|
widen - become broader or wider or more extensive; "The road widened"
|2.||distend - cause to expand as it by internal pressure; "The gas distended the animal's body"|
distend - swell from or as if from internal pressure; "The distended bellies of the starving cows"
bloat - make bloated or swollen; "Hunger bloated the child's belly"
|3.||distend - swell from or as if from internal pressure; "The distended bellies of the starving cows"|
swell up, tumesce, tumefy, intumesce, swell - expand abnormally; "The bellies of the starving children are swelling"
distend - cause to expand as it by internal pressure; "The gas distended the animal's body"
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verb swell, stretch, expand, increase, widen, balloon, puff, enlarge, inflate, bulge, dilate, bloat The large intestine distends and fills with gas.
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vt. distender, dilatar; distenderse, dilatarse.
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distendvt distender; to become distended distender(se)
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