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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 from the web 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.
Word Origin and History for distension



also distension, early 15c., from Middle French distension and directly from Latin distensionem (nominative distensio, distentio), noun of action from past participle stem of distendere (see distend).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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distension in Medicine

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

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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