AskDefine | Define tympany

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  1. the sound made by beating a drum
  2. alternative name for tympanites


Extensive Definition

Tympanites (from the Greek τύμπανο, "drum"), is a medical condition characterized by distension of the stomach, caused by excessive accumulation of gas, whereas meteorism means a pile-up of gas in the intestine.
tympany in Catalan: Meteorisme
tympany in German: Meteorismus
tympany in Spanish: Meteorismo
tympany in Italian: Meteorismo
tympany in Lithuanian: Meteorizmas
tympany in Polish: Wzdęcie
tympany in Romanian: Meteorism
tympany in Slovak: Plynatosť
tympany in Swedish: Meteorism
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