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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
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Examples from the Web for overdistention
Historical Examples
  • He pointed out that the excitation of the heart due to the action of alcohol was reflected in an overdistention of the arteries.

    Makers of Modern Medicine James J. Walsh
  • This overdistention gradually led to degenerations in the arterial walls.

    Makers of Modern Medicine James J. Walsh
Word Origin and History for overdistention



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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overdistention 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
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