To swell a man with a tympany is as good sport as to blow a frog.
He had known many instances of its curing consumption, and had seen it act like a charm in cases of tympany.
tympany consists in an elastic tumor of the abdomen, which sounds on being struck.
Below, the cardiac dullness is merged into the tympany from the stomach and the dullness from the liver.
tympany tym·pa·ny (tĭm'pə-nē)
A low-pitched, resonant, drumlike note obtained by percussing the surface of a large air-containing space.