distention

or dis·ten·sion

[ dih-sten-shuhn ]
/ dɪˈstɛn ʃən /

noun

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

OTHER WORDS FROM distention

hy·per·dis·ten·tion, nouno·ver·dis·ten·tion, nounsu·per·dis·ten·tion, noun
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Medical definitions for distention

distention

n.

The act of distending or the state of being distended.
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