- Pathology. tympanites.
- Archaic. inflated or pretentious style; bombast; turgidity.
Origin of tympany
1520–30; < Medieval Latin tympanias < Greek tympaníās tympanites
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Examples from the Web for tympany
To swell a man with a tympany is as good sport as to blow a frog.The Works of Samuel Johnson, Vol. 6
Below, the cardiac dullness is merged into the tympany from the stomach and the dullness from the liver.Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:
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He had known many instances of its curing consumption, and had seen it act like a charm in cases of tympany.
Tympany consists in an elastic tumor of the abdomen, which sounds on being struck.Zoonomia, Vol. II
- another name for tympanites
- obsolete excessive pride or arrogance
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- A low-pitched, resonant, drumlike note obtained by percussing the surface of a large air-containing space.
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