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distend

[dih-stend] /dɪˈstɛnd/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to expand by stretching, as something hollow or elastic:
Habitual overeating had distended his stomach.
2.
to spread in all directions; expand; swell:
The sea distended about them.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English (< Anglo-French destendre) < Latin distendere, equivalent to dis- dis-1 + tendere to stretch
Related forms
distender, noun
overdistend, verb
undistend, verb (used with object)
Synonyms
1. See expand. 1, 2. enlarge, bloat.
Antonyms
1, 2. shrink, contract.
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  • Barium sulfate is used to distend the hollow digestive organs so they can be seen in the images produced by the scan.
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  • The mainliner also requires a tourniquet of some sort to distend veins.
  • One day the sun will distend into a red giant before it shrinks into a white dwarf.
  • Fluid is inserted into the joint to distend it and to allow for visualization of the structures within that joint.
British Dictionary definitions for distend

distend

/dɪˈstɛnd/
verb
1.
to expand or be expanded by or as if by pressure from within; swell; inflate
2.
(transitive) to stretch out or extend
3.
(transitive) to magnify in importance; exaggerate
Derived Forms
distender, noun
distensible, adjective
distensibility, noun
distension, distention, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin distendere, from dis-1 + tendere to stretch
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Word Origin and History for distend
v.

c.1400, from Latin distendere "to swell or stretch out, extend," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + tendere "to stretch" (see tenet). Related: Distended; distending.

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distend in Medicine

distend di·stend (dĭ-stěnd')
v. dis·tend·ed, dis·tend·ing, dis·tends
To swell out or expand or cause to swell out or expand from or as if from internal pressure.

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