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distention

or dis·ten·sion

[dih-sten-shuh n]
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noun
  1. the act of distending or the state of being distended.
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Origin of distention

1375–1425; late Middle English distensioun < Latin distentiōn- (stem of distentiō), equivalent to distent(us) distent + -iōn- -ion
Related formshy·per·dis·ten·tion, nouno·ver·dis·ten·tion, nounsu·per·dis·ten·tion, noun
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distention

n.

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).

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distention

n.
  1. The act of distending or the state of being distended.
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