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tympany

[tim-puh-nee] /ˈtɪm pə ni/
noun
1.
Pathology, tympanites.
2.
Archaic. inflated or pretentious style; bombast; turgidity.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < Medieval Latin tympanias < Greek tympaníās tympanites
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British Dictionary definitions for tympany

tympany

/ˈtɪmpənɪ/
noun (pl) -nies
1.
another name for tympanites
2.
(obsolete) excessive pride or arrogance
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tympany in Medicine

tympany tym·pa·ny (tĭm'pə-nē)
n.

  1. A low-pitched, resonant, drumlike note obtained by percussing the surface of a large air-containing space.

  2. See tympanites.

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