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extend

Pronunciation: eks-tend'

Definition: To straighten a limb, to diminish or extinguish the angle formed by flexion; to place the distal segment of a limb in such a position that its axis is continuous with that of the proximal segment.

[L. ex- tendo, pp. -tensus, to stretch out]

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