distend

[ dih-stend ]
/ dɪˈstɛnd /

verb (used with or without object)

to expand by stretching, as something hollow or elastic: Habitual overeating had distended his stomach.
to spread in all directions; expand; swell: The sea distended about them.

Origin of distend

1375–1425; late Middle English (< Anglo-French destendre) < Latin distendere, equivalent to dis- dis-1 + tendere to stretch
SYNONYMS FOR distend
1 See expand.
1, 2 enlarge, bloat.
Related formsdis·tend·er, nouno·ver·dis·tend, verbun·dis·tend, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for distend

distend

/ (dɪˈstɛnd) /

verb

to expand or be expanded by or as if by pressure from within; swell; inflate
(tr) to stretch out or extend
(tr) to magnify in importance; exaggerate

Derived Formsdistender, noundistensible, adjectivedistensibility, noundistension or distention, noun

Word Origin for distend

C14: from Latin distendere, from dis- 1 + tendere to stretch
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Medicine definitions for distend

distend

[ dĭ-stĕnd ]

v.

To swell out or expand or cause to swell out or expand from or as if from internal pressure.

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