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or dis·ten·sion

[dih-sten-shuh n]
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  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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Historical Examples

  • But the distention evoked a long wail which was at once drowned in another one.


    Booth Tarkington

  • Involucres as many, 1-fruited, each a distention of the lobe.

  • The larv are hatched in the abdomen of the female, which is capable of distention.

  • This seems to be due to the distention of the stomach, either by gas or by liquid.


    James J. Walsh

  • Emphysema is a distention of the tissues with air or other gases.

Word Origin and History for distention


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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

distention in Medicine


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