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distend

[ dih-stend ]
/ dɪˈstɛnd /
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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.

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Origin of distend

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English distenden (from Anglo-French destendre ), from Latin distendere, equivalent to dis- dis-1 + tendere “to stretch”
1. See expand.
dis·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
distender, noundistensible, adjectivedistensibility, noundistension or distention, noun
C14: from Latin distendere, from dis- 1 + tendere to stretch
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Medical 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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