- a rumbling or gurgling sound caused by the movement of gas in the intestines.
Origin of borborygmus
1710–20; < New Latin < Greek borborygmós intestinal rumbling
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Tympanites, borborygmi, and a sensation of fulness in the abdomen accompany the pain or may exist without it.
If the attack be wind colic, the abdomen is enlarged by tympanitic distension; borborygmi and belching occur.
The pain is accompanied by borborygmi, and is succeeded sooner or later by a desire to go to stool.
Borborygmi, the tension of the abdomen, pain, and sensibility to pressure are all intensified.
If the abstinence is continued for two or three days he has borborygmi, occasionally tenesmus.The Fijians
- rumbling of the stomach
C18: from Greek
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Word Origin and History for borborygmi
also borborygmus, 17c., from Latin borborigmus, from Greek borborygmos, from borboryzein "to have a rumbling in the bowels," imitative.
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- A rumbling noise produced by the movement of gas through the intestines.
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