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[bawr-buh-rig-muh s]
noun, plural bor·bo·ryg·mi [bawr-buh-rig-mahy] /ˌbɔr bəˈrɪg maɪ/. Physiology.
  1. a rumbling or gurgling sound caused by the movement of gas in the intestines.
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Origin of borborygmus

1710–20; < New Latin < Greek borborygmós intestinal rumbling
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noun plural -mi (-maɪ)
  1. rumbling of the stomach
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Derived Formsborborygmal or borborygmic, adjective

Word Origin for borborygmus

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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borborygmi in Medicine


n. pl. bor•bo•ryg•mī′ (-mī′)
  1. A rumbling noise produced by the movement of gas through the intestines.
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