from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. That can be distended: a fish with a distensible stomach.

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  • adj. Capable of swelling or stretching.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Capable of being distended or dilated.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Capable of being distended, dilated, or expanded.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. capable of being distended; able to stretch and expand


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  • It is a black six-limbed panther from Hell, the size of a tractor trailer, with an armored head, a venomous striking tail, and massive distensible armored jaws.

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  • But it seems that some big pythons are sometimes over-ambitious, attempting to swallow animals that are too big even for their distensible jaws.

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  • They are the eight or so Balaenoptera species of the mysticete family Balaenopteridae*, all of which open their jaws wide to engulf masses of prey and possess a highly distensible throat pouch and extensible longitudinal grooves on the throat and belly.

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  • Male turkeys - called stags - famously display a distensible frontal process, or snood, fleshy polyp-like lumps called caruncles, and a dewlap that extends from the lower jaw to the neck.

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  • My medical dictionary describes the stomach as a distensible saclike organ connecting the esophagus and the duodenum (throat and small intestine).

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  • Krachie and company are arguing, essentially, that a belly of fat is more compressive than skin and muscle are distensible.

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  • Pelicanidae: Huge, heavy body, broad wings, head folded on breast, flaps slowly, white, distensible throat pouch, never far from land, head drawn in while flying.

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  • She has made them soft and distensible, so that an apparent physical impossibility could take place, though it is often accompanied by intense suffering.

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  • Its stomach is distensible in an extraordinary degree, and not rarely fishes have been taken out quite as large and heavy as their destroyer.

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  • The lower end or mouth of the womb opens into the vagina, a distensible and curved muscular tube, which helps to support the womb and also connects it with the external parts.

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