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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: tim'pa-ni'tez

Definition: Swelling of the abdomen resulting from gas in the intestinal or peritoneal cavity.

Synonym(s): meteorism, tympania, tympanism

[L. fr. G. tympanites, an edema in which the belly is stretched like a drum, tympanon]

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