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distensible

[dih-sten-suh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. capable of being distended.

Origin of distensible

1820–30; < Latin distēns(us) (past participle of distendere; distend- distend + -tus past participle suffix) + -ible
Related formsdis·ten·si·bil·i·ty, noun
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Examples from the Web for distensible

Historical Examples

  • The darkened and distensible throat pouch of the adult male probably is the best available indicator of sexual maturity.

    Field Study of Kansas Ant-Eating Frog

    Henry S. Fitch

  • Its powerful voice is due to the distensible resonator which it possesses in its laryngeal pouch, described above.

  • Certain genera possess also sacs formed by distensible folds of the skin in the cheeks.

  • Inflate the œsophagus with a blowpipe and note how distensible is its lower end near the breast.

  • In some the bones are joined by distensible ligaments and the fish can swallow other fishes larger than itself.