borborygmus

[ bawr-buh-rig-muh s ]
/ ˌbɔr bəˈrɪg məs /
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noun, plural bor·bo·ryg·mi [bawr-buh-rig-mahy] /ˌbɔr bəˈrɪg maɪ/. Physiology.

a rumbling or gurgling sound caused by the movement of gas in the intestines.

Nearby words

  1. borax pentahydrate,
  2. borazine,
  3. borazole,
  4. borazon,
  5. borborygmi,
  6. bordeaux,
  7. bordeaux mixture,
  8. bordel,
  9. bordelais,
  10. bordelaise

Origin of borborygmus

1710–20; < New Latin < Greek borborygmós intestinal rumbling

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Examples from the Web for borborygmus

  • It is knotted and lumpy to the touch and a rumbling noise (borborygmus) is heard within it.

    A Treatise on Sheep:|Ambrose Blacklock


British Dictionary definitions for borborygmus

borborygmus

/ (ˌbɔːbəˈrɪɡməs) /

noun plural -mi (-maɪ)

rumbling of the stomach
Derived Formsborborygmal or borborygmic, adjective

Word Origin for borborygmus

C18: from Greek

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Medicine definitions for borborygmus

borborygmus

[ bôr′bə-rĭgməs ]

n. pl. bor•bo•ryg•mī′ (-mī′)

A rumbling noise produced by the movement of gas through the intestines.

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