- 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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Examples from the Web for tympanites
Retraction of the abdomen is common, but there may be tympanites.
Tympanites is closely connected with the symptoms just described.
Tympanites, borborygmi, and a sensation of fulness in the abdomen accompany the pain or may exist without it.
The pain is like colic; the abdomen is sensitive to the touch; tympanites is general and may be very great.
In a week to ten days the tongue cleans, the thirst ceases, the appetite returns, the tympanites and pain diminish.
- 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
- A distention of the abdomen resulting from the accumulation of gas or air in the intestine or peritoneal cavity.meteorism tympany