- distention of the abdominal wall, as in peritonitis, caused by the accumulation of gas or air in the intestine or peritoneal cavity.
Origin of tympanites
1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin tympanītēs < Greek tympanī́tēs, derivative of týmpanon drum (see tympanum)
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The tympanitic stomach may impart a metallic quality to the cardiac sounds.
Over the greater part of the stomach the percussion note is tympanitic, sometimes with a metallic quality.
If the attack be wind colic, the abdomen is enlarged by tympanitic distension; borborygmi and belching occur.
Above the constriction the bowel is distended and tympanitic; below the constriction it is generally collapsed.
In obstruction of the large intestine the outline of the tympanitic and distended gut may be traced with the eye and hand.
- distension of the abdomen caused by an abnormal accumulation of gas in the intestinal or peritoneal cavity, as in peritonitisAlso called: meteorism, tympany
C14: from Late Latin, from Greek tumpanitēs concerning a drum, from tumpanon drum
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- Of or relating to tympanites.
- Of or relating to the quality of sound elicited by percussing over the inflated intestine or over a large pulmonary cavity; tympanic.
- A distention of the abdomen resulting from the accumulation of gas or air in the intestine or peritoneal cavity.meteorism tympany
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