Swollen belly; Swelling in the abdomen; Abdominal distention; Distended abdomen
A swollen abdomen is when your belly area is bigger than usual.
See also: Abdominal girth
Abdominal swelling, or distention, is more often caused by overeating than by a serious illness. This problem can be caused by:
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