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distend

dis·tend

distend

 
 
pronunciation:
dih stend
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part of speech: transitive verb & intransitive verb
inflections: distended, distending, distends
definition: to swell or cause to swell from, or as if from, internal pressure; balloon.
The child's abdomen was distended, which is a sure sign of severe malnutrition.
synonyms:
balloon, bloat, puff, swell, tumefy
antonyms:
constrict, deflate
similar words:
bag, blow up, bulge, dilate, enlarge, expand, inflate, protrude
Word Parts
The word distend contains the following part:
tend, tent, tens Latin root that means stretch