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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.
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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