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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

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  • n. A distended abdomen as a result of an accumulation of gas.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A flatulent distention of the belly; tympany.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Distention of the abdomen caused by the presence of air either in the intestine or in the cavity of the peritoneum; abdominal tympanism.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. distension of the abdomen that is caused by the accumulation of gas in the intestines or the peritoneal cavity

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Late Latin tympanītēs, from Greek tumpanītēs, from tumpanon, drum.

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Coined based on Ancient Greek τύμπανον (tumpanon).

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