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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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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Of or relating to tympanites.
Of or relating to the quality of sound elicited by percussing over the inflated intestine or over a large pulmonary cavity; tympanic.
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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