A hollow drum-like sound produced when a gas-containing cavity is tapped sharply. Tympanites is heard if the chest contains free air (pneumothorax) or the abdomen is distended with gas. Another term for tympanites is tympany. Both terms are derived from the Greek "tympanon" meaning drum.
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Swelling of the abdomen from gas in the intestinal or peritoneal cavity. SYN: meteorism, tympania, tympanism. [L. fr. G. t., an edema in which the belly is stretched like a drum, tympanon]
- uterine t. SYN: physometra.

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tym·pa·ni·tes .tim-pə-'nīt-ēz n a distension of the abdomen caused by accumulation of gas in the intestinal tract or peritoneal cavity

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distension of the abdomen with air or gas: the abdomen is resonant (drumlike) on percussion. Causes include intestinal obstruction, the irritable bowel syndrome, and aerophagy.

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tym·pa·ni·tes (tim″pə-niґtēz) [Gr. tympanitēs, from tympanon drum] distention of the abdomen from gas or air in the intestine or peritoneal cavity, as in peritonitis and typhoid fever. Called also meteorism.

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  • tympanites — [tim΄pə nīt′ēz΄] n. [ME < LL < Gr tympanitēs < tympanon: see TYMPAN] a distention of the abdomen by the accumulation of gas or air in the intestines or peritoneal cavity tympanitic [tim΄pənit′ik] adj …   English World dictionary

  • Tympanites — Tym pa*ni tes, n. [L., fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? a kettledrum.] (Med.) A flatulent distention of the belly; tympany. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tympanītes — (griech., Trommelsucht), s. Aufblähen, Blähungen und Meteorismus …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Tympanites — This article is about the medical condition. For the musical instrument, see timpani. Tympanites ICD 10 R14 ICD 9 787.3 Tympanites (from the Greek τύμπανο, drum ), also known as meteor …   Wikipedia

  • tympanites — tympanitic /tim peuh nit ik/, adj. /tim peuh nuy teez/, n. Pathol. distention of the abdominal wall, as in peritonitis, caused by the accumulation of gas or air in the intestine or peritoneal cavity. [1350 1400; ME < LL tympanites < Gk tympanítes …   Universalium

  • tympanites — tym•pa•ni•tes [[t]ˌtɪm pəˈnaɪ tiz[/t]] n. pat gross distention of the abdominal wall by gas in the peritoneal cavity or intestines • Etymology: 1350–1400; ME < LL tympanītēs < Gk tympanitēs, der. of týmpanon drum (see tympanum) tym… …   From formal English to slang

  • tympanites — noun Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin, from Greek tympanitēs, from tympanon Date: 14th century a distension of the abdomen caused by accumulation of gas in the intestinal tract or peritoneal cavity • tympanitic adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tympanites — noun a distended abdomen as a result of an accumulation of gas Syn: tympany, meteorism …   Wiktionary

  • tympanites — n. distention of the abdomen caused by accumulated gas (Pathology) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • tympanites — [ˌtɪmpə nʌɪti:z] noun Medicine swelling of the abdomen with air or gas. Derivatives tympanitic adjective Origin ME: via late L. from Gk tumpanitēs, from tumpanon (see tympanum) …   English new terms dictionary

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