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Distent

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Distent Breadth.
    • a Distent Distended.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • distent Spread; distended.
    • n distent Breadth.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Distent (Spens.) distended
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. distentus, p. p. See Distend
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. distendĕredis, asunder, tendĕre, tensum or tentum, to stretch.

Usage

In literature:

But the distention evoked a long wail which was at once drowned in another one.
"Penrod" by Booth Tarkington
Some cases are of purely nervous origin, associated with a purely muscular distention of the abdomen.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
The distention by which he began to express his emotion appeared to be increasing; his slender throat swelled as his cheeks puffed.
"Penrod and Sam" by Booth Tarkington
Some hours later the distention of the stomach will float the body.
"The Land of Footprints" by Stewart Edward White
By this excess of heat it obtains a larger distention, and inflates the balloon more.
"Five Weeks in a Balloon" by Jules Verne
The natural result was a semi-torpor and a perfectly visible distention.
"The Overland Expedition of The Messrs. Jardine" by Frank Jardine and Alexander Jardine
Thus the trachea, while always open for the passage of air, admits of the distention of the food-passage.
"A Practical Physiology" by Albert F. Blaisdell
Do you have a feeling of distention after meals?
"A Book of Burlesques" by H. L. Mencken
And this extended upward without first producing any great distention of the synovial sack under the patella.
"Report on Surgery to the Santa Clara County Medical Society" by Joseph Bradford Cox
The accumulation existing in the colon leads to a sense of distention and uneasiness in the abdomen.
"Intestinal Ills" by Alcinous Burton Jamison
Bladder, distention of, ii.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
The affection is caused by inflammation, irritation, and too much distention of the parts by the milk.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
This produces a distention of the breasts, causing what is known as "caked breasts," or "milk cake.
"Treatise on the Diseases of Women" by Lydia E. Pinkham
DISTENTION OF RUMEN OR PAUNCH WITH FEED.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
This is preparatory to the distention and enlargement of the vagina through which the exit is to be made.
"What a Young Husband Ought to Know" by Sylvanus Stall
Now, in the body of woman, certain parts are exposed to suffer great distentions and compressions.
"Beauty" by Alexander Walker
EMPHYSE'MA is a distention of the tissues with air or other gases.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
This seems to be due to the distention of the stomach, either by gas or by liquid.
"Psychotherapy" by James J. Walsh
The larvae are hatched in the abdomen of the female, which is capable of distention.
"Directions for Collecting and Preserving Insects" by C. V. Riley
Involucres as many, 1-fruited, each a distention of the lobe.
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray
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In news:

In some cases, bloating can become severe enough that it causes distention, or a perceptible swelling of the abdomen.
Plain film of the abdomen demonstrates massive distention of the sigmoid colon and rectum with inspissated feces in a ground-glass appearance (Figure 1).
61 year-old female with abdominal pain and distention .
61 year-old female with progressive abdominal pain and distention .
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In science:

The converse occurs when i = 90◦ : the centrifugal distention of equatorial regions produces a drop in the surface-averaged effective temperature, reddening the colours at approximately constant brightness, and so resulting in nearly horizontal tra jectories.
Be-star rotation: how close to critical?
Indeed, it is still not clear what the effects are of the intrinsic ‘rotation reddening’ discussed by Maeder (1975), which arise from the distention of the envelope around the equatorial regions of a rapidly rotating star (such that the local atmospheric structure departs from that predicted by plane-parallel models).
Be-star rotation: how close to critical?
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