[ tim-puh-nahy-teez ]

  1. 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)

Other words from tympanites

  • tym·pa·nit·ic [tim-puh-nit-ik], /ˌtɪm pəˈnɪt ɪk/, adjective
  • sub·tym·pa·nit·ic, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for tympanites


/ (ˌtɪmpəˈnaɪtiːz) /

  1. distension of the abdomen caused by an abnormal accumulation of gas in the intestinal or peritoneal cavity, as in peritonitis: Also called: meteorism, tympany

Origin of tympanites

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

Derived forms of tympanites

  • tympanitic (ˌtɪmpəˈnɪtɪk), adjective

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