Definition of Tympanites
Tympanites: A hollow drum-like sound produced when a gas-containing cavity is tapped sharply. Tympanites is heard if the chest contains free air (pneumothorax) or the abdomen is distended with gas. Another term for tympanites is tympany. Both terms are derived from the Greek "tympanon" meaning drum.
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