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distent

[ dih-stent ]
/ dɪˈstɛnt /
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adjective Obsolete.

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Origin of distent

First recorded in 1580–90; from Latin distentus distended (variant of distēnsus, past participle of distendere “to stretch out, distend”; see distend)
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