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Definition of distend verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

distend

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//dɪˈstend//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstend//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they distend
BrE BrE//dɪˈstend//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstend//
 
he / she / it distends
BrE BrE//dɪˈstendz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstendz//
 
past simple distended
BrE BrE//dɪˈstendɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstendɪd//
 
past participle distended
BrE BrE//dɪˈstendɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstendɪd//
 
-ing form distending
BrE BrE//dɪˈstendɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstendɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive, transitive] distend (something) (formal or medical) to swell or make something swell because of pressure from inside starving children with huge distended bellies He tied a piece of cloth around his upper arm to impede circulation and distend the veins. She looked very ill and her belly was horribly distended. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin distendere, from dis- ‘apart’ + tendere ‘to stretch’.
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