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distend

 [dis-tend´]
to expand outward owing to pressure from within.

distend

(dĭ-stĕnd′)
v. dis·tended, dis·tending, dis·tends
v.intr.
To swell out or expand, especially from internal pressure: The puppies ate until their stomachs distended.
v.tr.
To cause to expand, especially from internal pressure; dilate: Fluid distends a blister.

dis·ten′si·ble (dĭ-stĕn′sə-bəl) adj.
dis·ten′si·bil′i·ty n.

distend

[distend′]
Etymology: L, distendere, to stretch
to enlarge or dilate something.

distend

(dĭ-stĕnd′) [L. distendere, to stretch out]
1. To stretch out.
2. To become inflated.
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