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 EnglishRelated formstym·pa·nit·ic [tim-puh-nit-ik] /ˌtɪm pəˈnɪt ɪk/, adjectivesub·tym·pa·nit·ic, adjective
< Late Latin tympanītēs
< Greek tympanī́tēs,
derivative of týmpanon
drum (see tympanum
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Historical Examples of 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.
British Dictionary definitions for tympanites
Derived Formstympanitic (ˌtɪmpəˈnɪtɪk), adjective
distension of the abdomen caused by an abnormal accumulation of gas in the intestinal or peritoneal cavity, as in peritonitisAlso called: meteorism, tympany
Word Origin for tympanites
C14: from Late Latin, from Greek tumpanitēs concerning a drum, from tumpanon drum
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Related formstym′pa•nism n.
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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