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[dih-sten-shuh n] /dɪˈstɛn ʃən/
the act of distending or the state of being distended.
Also, distension.
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English distensioun < Latin distentiōn- (stem of distentiō), equivalent to distent(us) distent + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
hyperdistention, noun
overdistention, noun
superdistention, noun Unabridged
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Examples for distension
  • 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.
distension in Medicine

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

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