dis·​ten·​si·​ble | \ di-ˈsten(t)-sə-bəl How to pronounce distensible (audio) \

Definition of distensible

: capable of being distended

Other Words from distensible

distensibility \ di-​ˌsten(t)-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce distensible (audio) \ noun

Examples of distensible in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, the angler fish developed such a freakishly large jaw and a distensible stomach because the fish needs to take advantage of every prey opportunity available because food is scarce so far below sea level, according to The New York Times. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, 30 July 2019

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First Known Use of distensible

circa 1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for distensible

distens- (from Latin distensus, past participle of distendere) + -ible

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The first known use of distensible was circa 1828

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“Distensible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/distensible. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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dis·​ten·​si·​ble | \ -ˈten(t)-sə-bəl How to pronounce distensible (audio) \

Medical Definition of distensible

: capable of being distended, extended, or dilated distensible blood vessels

Other Words from distensible

distensibility \ -​ˌten(t)-​sə-​ˈbil-​ət-​ē How to pronounce distensible (audio) \ noun, plural distensibilities


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