Tympany Tym"pa*ny, n. [Gr. ?, fr. ? a kettledrum. See {Tympanites}.] 1. (Med.) A flatulent distention of the belly; tympanites. --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, inflation; conceit; bombast; turgidness. ``Thine 's a tympany of sense.'' --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

A plethoric a tautologic tympany of sentence. --De Quincey. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • tympany — [tim′pə nē] n. pl. tympanies [ML tympanias < Gr < tympanon, drum: see TYMPAN] 1. inflated or distended condition 2. bombast; pomposity …   English World dictionary

  • Tympany — A hollow drum like sound produced when a gas containing cavity is tapped sharply. Tympany is heard if the chest contains free air (pneumothorax) or the abdomen is distended with gas. Another term for tympany is tympanites. Both terms come from… …   Medical dictionary

  • tympany — noun (plural nies) Etymology: Medieval Latin tympanias, from Greek, from tympanon Date: 1528 1. tympanites 2. bombast, turgidity …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tympany — /tim peuh nee/, n. 1. Pathol. tympanites. 2. Archaic. inflated or pretentious style; bombast; turgidity. [1520 30; < ML tympanias < Gk tympanías tympanites] * * * …   Universalium

  • tympany — noun a) the sound made by beating a drum b) alternative name for tympanites …   Wiktionary

  • tympany — n. (Pathology) swelling of the abdomen by accumulated gas, tympanites; bombast, overblown style …   English contemporary dictionary

  • tympany — [ tɪmpəni] noun another term for tympanites (used especially in veterinary medicine). Origin C16: from Gk tumpanias, from tumpanon (see tympanum) …   English new terms dictionary

  • tympany — n. 1. (Med.) Tympanites, drumbelly, wind dropsy. 2. Inflation, conceit, bombast, tumidity, turgidness …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • tympany — tym·pa·ny …   English syllables

  • tympany — ˈtimpənē noun ( es) Etymology: Medieval Latin tympanias, from Greek, from tympanon drum 1. a. : tympanites b. : resonance on percussion …   Useful english dictionary

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