- Distend is defined as to stretch out or to become swollen.
An example of to distend is for an elbow to swell up from an internal injury.
distend definition by Webster's New World
- to stretch out
- to expand; make or become swollen
Origin: Middle English distenden ; from Classical Latin distendere ; from dis-, apart plush tendere, to stretch: see tend
distend definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb dis·tend·ed, dis·tend·ing, dis·tends verb, intransitive
- To cause to expand by or as if by internal pressure; dilate.
- To extend.
Origin: Middle English distenden, from Latin distendere : dis-, dis- + tendere, to stretch; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
distend - Medical Definition