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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Abdominal swelling, or distention, is more often caused by overeating than by a serious illness.
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