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 the Greek tympanon meaning drum.
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A low-pitched, resonant, drumlike note obtained by percussing the surface of a large air-containing space, such as the distended abdomen or the thorax with or without pneumothorax. SYN: tympanitic resonance.
- Skoda t. SYN: skodaic resonance.

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tym·pa·ny -nē n, pl -nies
2) a resonant sound heard in percussion (as of the abdomen)

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tym·pa·ny (timґpə-ne) [Gr. tympanias] 1. tympanites. 2. a tympanic, or bell-like, percussion note.

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