distention

[dih-sten-shuhn]
noun
the act of distending or the state of being distended.
Also, distension.


Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English distensioun < Latin distentiōn- (stem of distentiō), equivalent to distent(us) distent + -iōn- -ion

hyperdistention, noun
overdistention, noun
superdistention, noun
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distend (dɪˈstɛnd)
 
vb
1.  to expand or be expanded by or as if by pressure from within; swell; inflate
2.  (tr) to stretch out or extend
3.  (tr) to magnify in importance; exaggerate
 
[C14: from Latin distendere, from dis-1 + tendere to stretch]
 
dis'tender
 
n
 
dis'tensible
 
adj
 
distensi'bility
 
n
 
dis'tension
 
n
 
dis'tention
 
n

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distention dis·ten·tion or dis·ten·sion (dĭ-stěn'shən)
n.
The act of distending or the state of being distended.

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Example sentences
The facial tube is loosely attached to the rectal wall by areolar tissue in order to allow of distension of the viscus.
It is disposed in longitudinal folds, which disappear on distension of the tube.
Her abdomen was soft, without distension, and there was an area of particular tenderness in the lower right quadrant.
All this distension in amongst the parties and within the parties, needs to stop.
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