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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of distending.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of distending; the act of stretching in breadth or in all directions; the state of being Distended.
  • n. Breadth; extent or space occupied by the thing distended.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of distending, or the state of being distended; dilatation; a stretching in all directions; inflation: as, the distention of the lungs or stomach.
  • n. A stretching in any direction; extension.

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

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


Middle English distensioun, from Old French, from Latin distēnsiō, distēnsiōn-, alteration of distentiō, from distentus, past participle of distendere, to distend; see distend.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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