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distend (verb) swell or make something swell.

When a part of the body expands it distends. When because of some health disorder, parts of the body like the stomach, veins, etc., swell, they distend. Swollen muscles are distended muscles.

  • Because of the lack of nutritious food, the children's bellies have distended. Their bloated stomachs are due to some liver disorder caused by malnutrition.
  • Because of old age and lack of proper nourishment, Smith's muscles have distended and anybody can see his swollen muscles.
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