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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

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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