Definition for DIS-TEN'TION

DIS-TEN'TION, n. [L. distentio.]

  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 or bowels.
  2. Breadth; extent or space occupied by the thing distended.
  3. An opening, spreading or divarication; as, the distention of the legs.

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