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verb as in stretch, widen

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In response, it dilates the blood vessels near the surface of our skin, allowing the blood to release more heat into the surrounding air.

It can also dilate its nostrils to boost its trunk’s carrying capacity while snorting up water, researchers report online June 2 in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface.

For instance, CGRP causes blood vessels to dilate in a variety of systems including the intestines.

Heat dilates blood vessels that surround the lumbar region of your spine, increasing the flow of oxygen to your back muscles and stimulating sensory receptors in your skin to help heal damaged tissue and relieve discomfort.

With close attention, our pupils dilate and contract over and over.

This will make your pupils dilate, making you more attractive.

Kettlewell used to dilate on the great sacrificial feast of charity.

Another room had been added to the cabin—and the fragrant smell of cedar made her nostrils dilate.

In that September morning his soul seemed to dilate with every breath he drew.

Little need to dilate on the situation as it appeared to Mrs Iver!

Frequently the nerves dilate the blood vessels of the skin, thus helping the sweat glands to secrete, by giving them more blood.


On this page you'll find 71 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to dilate, such as: expound, amplify, augment, broaden, develop, and distend.

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