verb \di-ˈstend\

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

Full Definition of DISTEND

transitive verb
:  extend
:  to enlarge from internal pressure :  swell
intransitive verb
:  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


transitive verb \dis-ˈtend\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of DISTEND

: to enlarge or stretch out (as from internal pressure) <distended veins>
intransitive verb
: to become expanded


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