V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: the act of stretching, expanding, or swelling by pressure from within

Synonyms: expansion, swelling, stretching

Antonyms: shrinkage, contraction

Tips: Distention is also sometimes spelled distension. The meaning is the same. Also, the word is most often used in reference to the stomach or other body parts. See also: the verb distend.

Usage Examples:

One of the most common signs of malnutrition is distention of the stomach. (expansion, swelling)

The children were fascinated with the distention of the balloons which the artist filled with air and turned into animals. (expansion)

The fluffy cat showed no visible distention of her belly, yet gave birth to a litter of kittens. (expansion, swelling)

During my pregnancy, the distention of my stomach caused stretch marks on my skin. (expansion, stretching)

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