v. dis·tend·ed, dis·tend·ing, dis·tends
To swell out or expand, especially from internal pressure: The puppies ate until their stomachs distended.
To cause to expand, especially from internal pressure; dilate: Fluid distends a blister.
[Middle English distenden, from Latin distendere : dis-, dis- + tendere, to stretch; see ten- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
dis·tensi·ble (dĭ-stĕnsə-bəl) adj.
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