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English definition of “distend”

distend

verb [I] uk   /dɪˈstend/ us  
(usually of the stomach or other part of the body) to swell and become large (as if) by pressure from inside: In the refugee centres we saw many children whose stomachs were distended because of lack of food.Stretching the bodyBecoming biggerEnlarging and inflating
distension
noun [U] uk   /-ˈsten.ʃən/ specialized us  
(Definition of distend from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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