• WordNet 3.6
    • n tympanites distension of the abdomen that is caused by the accumulation of gas in the intestines or the peritoneal cavity
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tympanites (Med) A flatulent distention of the belly; tympany.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tympanites Distention of the abdomen caused by the presence of air either in the intestine or in the cavity of the peritoneum; abdominal tympanism.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Tympanites flatulent distension of the belly
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. tympani`ths, fr. ty`mpanon a kettledrum
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. tympanon, typanon, a kettledrum—typtein, to strike.


In literature:

Double tympanitic membrane is spoken of by Loeseke.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
The early development of a tympanitic abscess suggested an injury to the colon, but this was not by any means certain.
"Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900" by George Henry Makins
The abdomen may be tympanitic.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
Tympanites had again appeared, and apparently in a more threatening form than before.
"The Life and Public Services of James A. Garfield" by Emma Elizabeth Brown
The abdomen is fixed and tympanitic.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 7" by Various
Indeed, tympanites is usually present in a sufficient degree to render this difficult.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various
The abdomen felt very distended and tympanitic.
"Barium, A Cause of the Loco-Weed Disease" by Albert Cornelius Crawford