Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of distending or the state of being distended.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See distention.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Same as distention.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of distending.

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

  • noun the state of being stretched beyond normal dimensions
  • noun the act of expanding by pressure from within

Etymologies

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

[Middle English distensioun, from Old French, from Latin distēnsiō, distēnsiōn-, alteration of distentiō, from distentus, past participle of distendere, to distend; see distend.]

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