Distend definition

dĭ-stĕnd
To swell out or expand, especially from internal pressure.

The puppies ate until their stomachs distended.

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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.

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To cause to expand, especially from internal pressure; dilate.

Fluid distends a blister.

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To stretch out.
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To expand; make or become swollen.
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To swell out or expand, especially from internal pressure.

The puppies ate until their stomachs distended.

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To cause to expand, especially from internal pressure; dilate.

Fluid distends a blister.

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(intransitive) To extend or expand, as from internal pressure; to swell.
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(reflexive, archaic) To extend; to stretch out; to spread out.
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To cause to swell.
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(biology) To cause gravidity.
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Origin of distend

  • Middle English distenden from Latin distendere dis- dis- tendere to stretch ten- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition