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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj distensible capable of being distended; able to stretch and expand "the stomach is a distensible organ"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Distensible Capable of being distended or dilated.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • distensible Capable of being distended, dilated, or expanded.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Distensible that may be stretched
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. distendĕredis, asunder, tendĕre, tensum or tentum, to stretch.


In literature:

Its upper canine teeth (the "sabres") were several inches in length, and it had enormously distensible jaws to make them effective.
"The Story of Evolution" by Joseph McCabe
Distension of the Tarsal Joint Capsule.
"Lameness of the Horse" by John Victor Lacroix
The distension of these sinuses with blood closes the valve and prevents regurgitation.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
Upon this flexible anterior part there are four short but distensible tentacles.
"Marine Protozoa from Woods Hole" by Gary N. Calkins
The labia and vagina show signs of distension and injury.
"Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology" by W. G. Aitchison Robertson
Varicose veins or the distension of the surface veins of the legs are very common among women in general and pregnant women in particular.
"The Mother and Her Child" by William S. Sadler
Pain was rarely a prominent symptom in consequence of the generally moderate degree of distension.
"Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900" by George Henry Makins
It is an expression that seems to me capable of extension and distension.
"Personal Reminiscences in Book Making" by R.M. Ballantyne
This process is performed by wonderful muscular action and power of distension.
"A Voyage round the World" by W.H.G. Kingston
The symptoms generally are obscure; for in the majority of instances the distension of the bladder will simply aggravate the general uneasiness.
"The Dog" by Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
His nostrils were straining and there was an unnatural distension of the eye-balls.
"The Sheriff of Badger" by George B. Pattullo
When death occurs it is usually from syncope through over-distension of the heart.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 6" by Various
This is a very certain indication, as it arises from temporary distensions of the pelvis, which nothing else can occasion.
"Beauty" by Alexander Walker
They must be produced mechanically by distension and irritation of the colon.
"Health Through Will Power" by James J. Walsh
It is subject to erection or distension, like the penis, from like causes.
"Fruits of Philosophy" by Charles Knowlton
The only other interference with Nature is the distension of the ear-lobes in the older men of the hill districts.
"The Fijians" by Basil Thomson
This rare affection is followed by enormous distension of the thoracic and abdominal portions of the parts beyond the stenosis.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various
The distension of this capsule can be used to raise the lever (L').
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 3" by Various
The abdomen is as large as in common pregnancy at the sixth month, but does not present the same uniform distension, being irregularly shaped.
"A System of Midwifery" by Edward Rigby
In this way hydronephrosis, or distension of the kidney with urine, may be produced.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 7" by Various

In news:

A 10-month-old female patient presented with a 1-month history of irregular fever and abdominal distension.
In February, 2010, a 45-year-old woman weighing 220 kg (body-mass index 68 kg/m 2 ) was referred to our institution after a 3-month history of progressive abdominal distension without fever or night sweats or other complaints.
A 73-year-old woman presented with 5-day history of colicky abdominal pain, distension, vomiting, and signs of peritonism in the lower abdomen.
Radiologists have a critical role in the diagnosis and management of abdominal distension in neonates, the most common abdominal emergency in this group.
A 58-year-old female presents with abdominal distension.

In science:

Tidal distension of spacecraft electronics due to spin and solar and galactic gravitation elegantly explains al l variations in the anomaly reported by Anderson et al .
The correct analysis and explanation of the Pioneer-Galileo anomalies