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[tim-puh-nahy-teez] /ˌtɪm pəˈnaɪ tiz/
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 forms
[tim-puh-nit-ik] /ˌtɪm pəˈnɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
subtympanitic, adjective Unabridged
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distension of the abdomen caused by an abnormal accumulation of gas in the intestinal or peritoneal cavity, as in peritonitis Also called meteorism, tympany
Derived Forms
tympanitic (ˌtɪmpəˈnɪtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin, from Greek tumpanitēs concerning a drum, from tumpanon drum
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tympanitic in Medicine

tympanitic tym·pa·nit·ic (tĭm'pə-nĭt'ĭk)

  1. Of or relating to tympanites.

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

tympanites tym·pa·ni·tes (tĭm'pə-nī'tēz)
A distention of the abdomen resulting from the accumulation of gas or air in the intestine or peritoneal cavity. Also called meteorism, tympany.

tym'pa·nism n.
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