- 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.
- 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
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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