Definition of Distention

1. Noun. The state of being stretched beyond normal dimensions.

Exact synonyms: Dilatation, Distension
Generic synonyms: Physical Condition, Physiological Condition, Physiological State
Specialized synonyms: Tympanites, Ectasia, Ectasis, Varicocele
Derivative terms: Dilate, Distend, Distend



2. Noun. The act of expanding by pressure from within.
Exact synonyms: Distension
Generic synonyms: Enlargement, Expansion
Derivative terms: Distend, Distend, Distend, Distend, Distend

Definition of Distention

1. n. The act of distending; the act of stretching in breadth or in all directions; the state of being Distended; as, the distention of the lungs.

Definition of Distention

1. Noun. The act of distending. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Distention

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Distention

1. The state of being distended or enlarged, the act of distending. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Distention

distempering
distemperment
distemperments
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distensibility
distensible
distension
distensions
distent
distention (current term)
distention cyst
distention ulcer
distentions
distermination
disthene
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disthrone
disthroned
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disthroning
disthronize
disthronized
disthronizes
disthronizing

Literary usage of Distention

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1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1911)
"Later he was led to conclude that the duodenal distention was due to a compression of its ... Duodenal distention is not infrequently associated with ulcer, ..."

2. Pain: Its Origin, Conduction, Perception and Diagnostic Significance by Richard Joseph Behan (1914)
"distention of the Bowel. —Uncomplicated distention of the bowel will cause considerable pain, especially when the distention is sudden in onset, ..."

3. Physical Diagnosis by Richard Clarke Cabot (1919)
"distention, tumor, the urine, and the results obtained by ... distention of the Bladder. In both sexes, distention is often wholly unknown to the patient, ..."

4. Coulson on the Diseases of the Bladder and Prostate Gland by William Coulson (1881)
"The distance between the integuments and the cul-de- sac which the peritoneum forms behind the bladder varies according to the state of distention of the ..."

5. The Pathology, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of women: Including the by Graily Hewitt (1874)
"distention of the Rectum by Faeces.—Cancer of the Rectum. ... Enlargement of Fallopian Tube, due to distention by Serous or Purulent Fluid, by Blood, ..."

6. Gynecology by Brooke Melancthon Anspach (1921)
"Anterior aspect of abdomen, with extreme ascitic distention; same case as Fig. 136. Note uniform and symmetrical distention. (Stetson Hospital.) FIG. 136. ..."

7. Surgical After-treatment: A Manual of the Conduct of Surgical Convalescence by Le Roi Goddard Crandon, Albert Ehrenfried (1912)
"This distention usually involves the intestines chiefly, ... The occurrence of distention seems to be about in proportion to the amount of exposure and ..."

8. Bulletin by National Canners Association (1917)
"The small drops in pressure are due to sudden distention of the end, and in one case to buckling. The limit of pressure obtainable with the apparatus is ..."

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