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dilate

 [di´lāt]
to stretch an opening or hollow structure beyond its normal dimensions.

di·late

(dī'lāt), Avoid the mispronunciation dī'ă-lāt.
To perform or undergo dilation.

dilate

/di·late/ (di´lāt) to stretch an opening or hollow structure beyond its normal dimensions.

dilate

[dī′lāt]
to cause a physiological increase in the diameter of a body opening, blood vessel, or tube, such as the widening of the pupil of the eye in response to decreased light or the widening of the uterine cervix during labor.

dilate

verb To stretch or enlarge a tubular structure—e.g., a duct or artery, or a hollow viscus.

di·late

(dī'lāt)
To perform or undergo dilation.

Dilate

To enlarge, open wide, or distend.
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His notion of the dilated body is not a concept that is or can be thought but rather the image of energy, the image through which energy shows itself and demonstrates what it means to dilate the body, to make use of energy, and to reveal the implosion of a performer's body.
Other than the necessity of fission, the move to dilate the body, according to Barba, always involves "the rupture": "this rupture of automatisms is not expression.
To dilate is to be coming into a splitting act "between opposing forces" (Paper Canoe 24), in the "contra" (24), (10) to produce a new affect, rupture, and resistance (32).
As the hemoglobin transfers its oxygen to tissues, it also sheds small amounts of nitric oxide, which dilates the blood vessels and helps get the oxygen into tissues.
Now, the scientists report in the March 21 Nature, they have solved both the paradox-how blood vessels dilate even though red blood cells are filled with a potent vasoconstrictor, hemoglobin-and the larger mystery.
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