from The Century Dictionary.

  • In entomology, dilated: as, distended tarsi.

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  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of distend.
  • adjective Extended or expanded, as from internal pressure; swollen.
  • adjective biology gravid.


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  • –adjective

    1. increased, as in size, volume, etc.; expanded; dilated: the distended nostrils of the terrified horse.

    2. swollen, by or as by internal pressure, out of normal size or shape; protuberant: distended wineskins; the distended arteries of his neck.

    May 19, 2009