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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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Even so, our tasters recommend that you cut each hamburger in half before tackling it; only the hinged and distensible jaws of a python could manage a bite of the original version.
The flexible lens (closest to the eye) has a transparent distensible membrane attached to a clear rigid surface.
This financing provides a strong foundation for the company's continued growth and the ongoing launch of Bellafill, the only FDA approved dermal filler proven to be safe and effective for the correction of moderate to severe, atrophic, distensible facial acne scars on the cheek in patients over the age of 21 years.
Nasogastric or orogastric tubes are designed for intubation of an anatomically normal stomach, which is large, highly distensible, and can hold an air volume of >1600 mL with little or no increase in intragastric pressure (6).
Furthermore, the reservoir has been modified by a number of additions designed to increase performance (11): a one-way valve at the open end of the reservoir tube; a two litre distensible bag to increase the volume of the reservoir; and a 5 cm[H.
We saw previously that the alveoli in the lower lung fields are more distensible and also have a higher pressure or gravitational gradient against them.
8) The venous system is more likely to transmit pressure when the veins are overloaded and less distensible, so as long as the client is receiving sufficient fluids, it is more beneficial therapeutically to be comfortable, allowing the body's natural mechanisms and systems to function effectively, rather than having to fight against further resistance from unnecessary positioning.
It can be attributed to an exaggerated initial systolic peak in the brachial artery pressure wave, probably due to increased body height, very distensible arteries, and low aortic pulse wave velocity.