Pathology. tympanites.
Archaic. inflated or pretentious style; bombast; turgidity.

Origin of tympany

1520–30; < Medieval Latin tympanias < Greek tympaníās tympanites
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noun plural -nies

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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