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distend

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verb dis·tend \di-ˈstend\

Simple Definition of distend

  • medical + formal : to become larger and rounder because of pressure from inside

Full Definition of distend

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  extend

  3. 2 :  to enlarge from internal pressure :  swell

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to become expanded

Examples of distend

  1. an abdomen distended by disease



Origin of distend

Middle English, from Latin distendere, from dis- + tendere to stretch — more at thin


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of distend

expand, amplify, swell, distend, inflate, dilate mean to increase in size or volume. expand may apply regardless of the manner of increase (as growth, unfolding, addition of parts) <a business that expands every year>. amplify implies the extension or enlargement of something inadequate <amplify the statement with details>. swell implies gradual expansion beyond a thing's original or normal limits <the bureaucracy swelled to unmanageable proportions>. distend implies outward extension caused by pressure from within <a distended abdomen>. inflate implies expanding by introduction of air or something insubstantial and suggests a vulnerability to sudden collapse <an inflated ego>. dilate applies especially to expansion of circumference <dilated pupils>.

Medical Dictionary

distend

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transitive verb dis·tend \dis-ˈtend\

Medical Definition of distend

  1. :  to enlarge or stretch out (as from internal pressure) <distended veins>

  2. intransitive verb

  3. :  to become expanded




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