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or dis·ten·sion

[dih-sten-shuh n]
  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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Examples from the Web for overdistention

Historical Examples

  • He pointed out that the excitation of the heart due to the action of alcohol was reflected in an overdistention of the arteries.

    Makers of Modern Medicine

    James J. Walsh

  • This overdistention gradually led to degenerations in the arterial walls.

Word Origin and History for overdistention



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

overdistention in Medicine


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