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tym·pa·ni·tes  audio  (tmp-ntz) KEY 

NOUN:
A distention of the abdomen resulting from the accumulation of gas or air in the intestine or peritoneal cavity. Also called tympany.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English, from Late Latin tympants, from Greek tumpants, from tumpanon, drum

OTHER FORMS:
tympa·nitic  (-ntk) KEY (Adjective)


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