distension

noun
dis·​ten·​sion | \di-ˈsten(t)-shən \
variants: or distention

Definition of distension 

: the act of distending or the state of being distended especially unduly or abnormally

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The first is speedily drawing water into your small intestine, causing gas, bloating, distension, and diarrhea. Good Housekeeping, "What You Need to Eat for IBS, According to a Nutritionist," 4 Sep. 2017 All of this can cause spasms and distension in your large intestine during the digestive process, which can be pretty painful, Jamile Wakim-Fleming, M.D., a gastroenterologist at the Cleveland Clinic, tells SELF. Korin Miller, SELF, "Gastroenterologists Share 7 Things to Do When You Have Painful Gas," 14 Dec. 2017 The first is speedily drawing water into your small intestine, causing gas, bloating, distension and diarrhea. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Good Housekeeping, "Here's What You Need to Eat for IBS," 4 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of distension

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for distension

Middle English distensioun, from Latin distention-, distentio, from distendere

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distension

noun
dis·​ten·​sion
variants: or distention \dis-​ˈten-​chən \

Medical Definition of distension 

: the act of distending or the state of being distended especially unduly or abnormally no noticeable distension of the abdomen— Benjamin Spock

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