Meaning of “distend” in the English Dictionary

"distend" in British English

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distendverb [ I ]

uk /dɪˈstend/ us /dɪˈstend/

(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.

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noun [ U ] uk /dɪˈsten.ʃən/ us /dɪˈsten.ʃən/ specialized

(Definition of “distend” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)