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distention

[dih-sten-shuh n] /dɪˈstɛn ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of distending or the state of being distended.
Also, distension.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
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
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Examples for distention
  • Abdominal swelling, or distention, is more often caused by overeating than by a serious illness.
Word Origin and History for distention
n.

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).

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distention in Medicine

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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