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v. dis·tend·ed, dis·tend·ing, dis·tends
To swell out or expand, especially from internal pressure: The puppies ate until their stomachs distended.
To cause to expand, especially from internal pressure; dilate: Fluid distends a blister.

[Middle English distenden, from Latin distendere : dis-, dis- + tendere, to stretch; see ten- in Indo-European roots.]

dis·ten′si·ble (dĭ-stĕn′sə-bəl) adj.
dis·ten′si·bil′i·ty n.


(dɪˈstɛn sə bəl)

capable of being distended.
[1820–30; < Latin distēns(us), past participle of distendere to distend + -ible]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.distensible - capable of being distended; able to stretch and expand; "the stomach is a distensible organ"
expansive - able or tending to expand or characterized by expansion; "Expansive materials"; "the expansive force of fire"
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Bellafill is the only dermal filler on the market that is approved by the FDA for the correction of nasolabial folds and moderate to severe, atrophic, distensible facial acne scars on the cheek in patients over the age of 21 years.
A barium swallow study revealed a normally distensible esophagus with no areas of abnormal contrast retention or extravasation (Figure 2).
The gallbladder is a pear-shaped, distensible sac with a volume of about 50 mL in humans.
A general volume guideline when gavage feeding into the crop is 3% of body weight of the bird, which is well tolerated, as the crop is distensible.
Veins are highly distensible vessels and can stretch to accommodate increased volumes of blood, but capillaries are more vulnerable to increased venous pressure.
They have a distensible crop, a storage organ that enables them to eat more than 100 percent of their body weight in one or more sittings," says Helf.
Tankersley concluded that leptin treatment restored the composition of the myosin to normal levels and that this change allowed the diaphragm of the obese treated mice to be more distensible and resist muscle fatigue.
Fluid transport through flexible tubes by means of progressive wave of area contraction or expansion, which propagates along the length of the distensible tube, has been the subject of scientific and engineering research since the first investigation of Latham (1966).