Definition of tympany in English:

tympany

noun

  • another term for tympanites (used especially in veterinary medicine)
    • ‘This pathological condition is called guttural pouch tympany, and surgical treatment is necessary for affected foals to recover from this disease.’
    • ‘The problem, of course, is called ruminal tympany or, simply, bloat.’
    • ‘Guttural pouch tympany is observed in horses ranging from birth to 1 yr of age and is more common in fillies than in colts.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

tympany

/ˈtɪmpəni/