or dis·ten·sion

[ dih-sten-shuh n ]
/ dɪˈstɛn ʃən /


the act of distending or the state of being distended.

Nearby words

  1. distended,
  2. distensible,
  3. distensile,
  4. distension,
  5. distent,
  6. distich,
  7. distichia,
  8. distichous,
  9. distil,
  10. distill

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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Word Origin and History for distension



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

Medicine definitions for distension



The act of distending or the state of being distended.

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