mid-14c., from Old French distribution (13c.) and directly from Latin distributionem (nominative distributio) "a division, distribution," noun of action from past participle stem of distribuere "deal out in portions," from dis- "individually" + tribuere "assign, allot" (see tribute).
distribution dis·tri·bu·tion (dĭs'trə-byōō'shən)
The extension of the branches of arteries or nerves to the tissues and organs.
The area in which the branches of an artery or a nerve terminate, or the area supplied by such an artery or nerve.
A set of numbers and their frequency of occurrence from measurements within a statistical population.