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distend: Meaning and Definition of

dis•tend

Pronunciation: (di-stend'), [key]
? v.t., v.i.
  1. to expand by stretching, as something hollow or elastic: Habitual overeating had distended his stomach.
  2. to spread in all directions; expand; swell: The sea distended about them.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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