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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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This causes an inflammatory reaction that destroys the scar and raises it up, making it distensible and resurfaceable, he said.
Certainly, more complicated problems can be formulated for the pulsadle flow through the distensible tube as well as for the long-range transport of water and dissolved components including both hydrodynamic and osmotic factors.
The anatomy of the fossae relates to their primary function as distensible space fillers while also supplying support to the anal canal.
Cormorants have a distensible pouch, and the birds got their reputation for devouring fish with voracious appetites.
The genital bulb is an inter-connected assemblage of sclerites and distensible sacs (the hematodocha).
Esta diferencia podria explicarse por el hecho que los partos fueron atendidos por personal en entrenamiento, con menor experiencia y por tanto una menor capacidad de identificar las pacientes con riesgo de desgarro o una inadecuada proteccion del perine poco distensible propio de las pacientes nuliparas durante la atencion del parto.
Those judged to be in the lowest quartile, those with the least distensible carotid arteries, had more than twice the risk of developing cerebrovascular disease as did those in the highest quartile, those with the most distensible carotid arteries.
It has a distensible ventral mouth and feeds on the lake bottom.
El tallo del pene se encuentra cubierto por una piel muy elastica, distensible y laxa que se prolonga hacia la piel del escroto que permite la ereccion cuando, durante la fase de excitacion, la sangre fluye mas o menos rapidamente y llena los cuerpos cavernosos y el tejido esponjoso.
ALL MOUTH: Thanks to its enormous mouth and distensible stomach, the gulper eel (top) can gobble prey that's larger than the predator itself.
Perhaps vaginal delivery is actually a marker for women who will go on to develop pelvic organ prolapse or urinary incontinence because their tissues are more distensible.