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or distension

[dih-sten-shuh n] /dɪˈstɛn ʃən/
the act of distending or the state of being distended.
Origin of distention
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English distensioun < Latin distentiōn- (stem of distentiō), equivalent to distent(us) distent + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
hyperdistention, noun
overdistention, noun
superdistention, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The bey turned to Aime with a smile that was the lifting of a lip and the distention of his nostrils.

    The Fortieth Door Mary Hastings Bradley
  • But the distention evoked a long wail which was at once drowned in another one.

    Penrod Booth Tarkington
  • The inflammation of its tunic is an effect of this distention and of the consequent pressure against the adjacent parts.

  • This seems to be due to the distention of the stomach, either by gas or by liquid.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
  • The larv are hatched in the abdomen of the female, which is capable of distention.

  • Emphysema is a distention of the tissues with air or other gases.

  • The other is by the contraction and distention of the midriff or diaphragm.

  • In the stages of echoing fear, yawning occurs, and the distention of the pupils may be noticed as the emotion develops.

    Criminal Psychology Hans Gross
  • A few sensitive individuals are annoyed by a sense of weight and a feeling of distention from congestion in connection with it.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
  • distention of the seminal vesicles with a superabundance of seminal fluid also acts as a source of irritation.

    Plain Facts for Old and Young John Harvey Kellogg
Word Origin and History for distention

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
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distention in Medicine

distention dis·ten·tion or dis·ten·sion (dĭ-stěn'shən)
The act of distending or the state of being distended.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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