Definition of tympany in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtɪmpəni/


Another term for tympanites (used especially in veterinary medicine).
Example sentences
  • This pathological condition is called guttural pouch tympany, and surgical treatment is necessary for affected foals to recover from this disease.
  • Accordingly, when percussing a patient's abdomen in the presence of ascites, areas of dullness and tympany should shift depending on whether the patient is lying supine or on his or her side.
  • Guttural pouch tympany is observed in horses ranging from birth to 1 yr of age and is more common in fillies than in colts.


Early 16th century: from Greek tumpanias, from tumpanon (see tympanum).

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