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Meaning of distended

dis•tend•ed

Pronunciation: (di-sten'did), [key]
— adj.
  1. increased, as in size, volume, etc.; expanded; dilated: the distended nostrils of the terrified horse.
  2. swollen, by or as by internal pressure, out of normal size or shape; protuberant: distended wineskins; the distended arteries of his neck.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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