tympanites

noun

tym·​pa·​ni·​tes ˌtim-pə-ˈnī-tēz How to pronounce tympanites (audio)
: a distension of the abdomen caused by accumulation of gas in the intestinal tract or peritoneal cavity
tympanitic adjective

Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Late Latin, from Greek tympanitēs, from tympanon

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tympanites was in the 14th century

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“Tympanites.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tympanites. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

tympanites

noun
tym·​pa·​ni·​tes ˌtim-pə-ˈnīt-ēz How to pronounce tympanites (audio)
: a distension of the abdomen caused by accumulation of gas in the intestinal tract or peritoneal cavity

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