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hyperresonance

Pronunciation: hi'per-rez'o-nans

Definition:

  1. An extreme degree of resonance.
  2. Resonance increased above the normal, and often of lower pitch, on percussion of an area of the body; occurs in the chest as a result of overinflation of the lung as in emphysema or pneumothorax and in the abdomen over distended bowel.
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