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distendverb [I]

uk   us   /dɪˈstend/
(usually of the ​stomach or other ​part of the ​body) to ​swell and ​becomelarge (as if) by ​pressure from inside: In the ​refugeecentres we ​saw many ​children whose ​stomachs were distended because of ​lack of ​food.

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Stretching the body
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noun [U] uk   us   /-ˈsten.ʃən/ specialized
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