distention

or dis·ten·sion

[ dih-sten-shuhn ]
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noun
  1. the act of distending or the state of being distended.

Origin of distention

1
1375–1425; late Middle English distensioun<Latin distentiōn- (stem of distentiō), equivalent to distent(us) distent + -iōn--ion

Other words from distention

  • hy·per·dis·ten·tion, noun
  • o·ver·dis·ten·tion, noun
  • su·per·dis·ten·tion, noun

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