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distend

Syllabification: dis·tend
Pronunciation: /dəˈstend
 
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Definition of distend in English:

verb

Swell or cause to swell by pressure from inside: [no object]: the abdomen distended rapidly [with object]: air is introduced into the stomach to distend it
More example sentences
  • Additionally, there were a few children in the group with thin frames and distended bellies which I normally associate with malnutrition.
  • Her head is swollen and her tiny stomach distended.
  • She is now visibly pregnant, at least, with her clothes off, her belly distended with you and everything around her waist thickening.
Synonyms
swollen, bloated, dilated, engorged, enlarged, inflated, expanded, extended, bulging, protuberant

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin distendere, from dis- 'apart' + tendere 'to stretch'.

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  • This comes from Latin distendere, from dis- ‘apart’ and tendere ‘to stretch’.

Derivatives

distensibility

1
Pronunciation: /-ˌtensəˈbilitē/
noun
Example sentences
  • Veins are particularly susceptible to gravitational stress due to their distensibility, and blood ‘pools' in dependent veins when we stand.
  • The brachial and carotid arteries were tested for intima-media thickness and arterial distensibility.
  • Isometric handgrip exercise seems to significantly reduce systolic blood pressure and carotid arterial distensibility.

distensible

2
Pronunciation: /-ˈtensəbəl/
adjective
Example sentences
  • These veins are very thin walled and distensible.
  • Krachie and company are arguing, essentially, that a belly of fat is more compressive than skin and muscle are distensible.
  • The thicker and less distensible the arteries are, the greater the load on the heart.

distension

3
Pronunciation: /-ˈtenSHən/
noun
Example sentences
  • With muscular pain, the pain sensation may be due to distension or stretch of the muscular walls or to transient ischemia of the muscle.
  • During the second stage, pain occurs from distension and stretching of pelvic structures and the perineum.
  • Veins may become visible when the skin is stretched by generalized abdominal distension.

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