[ US /dɪˈstɛnd/ ]
[ UK /dɪstˈɛnd/ ]
  1. cause to expand as it by internal pressure
    The gas distended the animal's body
  2. become wider
    His pupils were dilated
  3. swell from or as if from internal pressure
    The distended bellies of the starving cows
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How To Use distend In A Sentence

  • After many days I noticed my belly was becoming distended.
  • Her head is swollen and her tiny stomach distended.
  • The starchy food created gas, and the bowels, not having their natural tone, gave way to the gas until there was _ "Meteorism," _ not tympanites but meteorism which means to blow up or distend all that is possible. Appendicitis
  • His playing is more austere than on Big Deep, rattling off scrapes and stunted scrabbles with occasional distended, detuned bass action.
  • His doctor noticed immediately that Tom did look ill: his skin and the whites of his eyes had a yellowish hue this is called jaundice, and he had a swollen, distended abdomen. DR. SANJIV CHOPRA’S LIVER BOOK
  • Computed tomography showed a large anterior abdominal wall hernia containing distended bowel loops.
  • The baby boomers were a population frog moving through the snake of American cultural history, distending its shape by the outsize percentage of the population they represented. Alberta Hunter: Don't Trust Anyone Under 80
  • Rama cupida aequandi bovem, se distendebat, &c. 1717. alit ingenia: Paterculus poster. Anatomy of Melancholy
  • At present he is thin, has severe jaundice and his body is distended as his own liver has become swollen and hard.
  • Expose surface and screw head should be wiped antirust oil in the distend cover after finishing.
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