Origin of distention
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These latter cases might be classed under the head of distension.Vegetable Teratology
Maxwell T. Masters
It is an expression that seems to me capable of extension and distension.Personal Reminiscences in Book Making
The distension of this capsule can be used to raise the lever (L′).
No emotion was perceptible on her features—no distension of the eye, no flush of the cheek.The Bastonnais
Sometimes it is due to paralysis of the muscular coat, permitting its distension by food.
Word Origin and History for distension
also distension, early 15c., from Middle French distension and directly from Latin distensionem (nominative distensio, distentio), noun of action from past participle stem of distendere (see distend).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The act of distending or the state of being distended.
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