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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Distention  \Dis*ten"tion\,  n.  [L.  distentio:  cf  F.  distension.] 
  1.  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. 
 
  2.  Breadth;  extent  or  space  occupied  by  the  thing  distended. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  distention 
  n  :  the  act  of  expanding  by  pressure  from  within  [syn:  {distension}] 




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