An example of to distend is for an elbow to swell up from an internal injury.
- to stretch out
- to expand; make or become swollen
Origin of distendMiddle English distenden from Classical Latin distendere from dis-, apart + tendere, to stretch: see tend
verbdis·tend·ed, dis·tend·ing, dis·tends
Origin of distendMiddle English distenden from Latin distendere dis- dis- tendere to stretch ; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present distends, present participle distending, simple past and past participle distended)