noun Pathology.

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)
Related formstym·pa·nit·ic [tim-puh-nit-ik] /ˌtɪm pəˈnɪt ɪk/, adjectivesub·tym·pa·nit·ic, adjective
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distension of the abdomen caused by an abnormal accumulation of gas in the intestinal or peritoneal cavity, as in peritonitisAlso called: meteorism, tympany
Derived Formstympanitic (ˌtɪmpəˈnɪtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for tympanites

C14: from Late Latin, from Greek tumpanitēs concerning a drum, from tumpanon drum
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tympanites in Medicine




A distention of the abdomen resulting from the accumulation of gas or air in the intestine or peritoneal cavity.meteorism tympany
Related formstympa•nism n.
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