- 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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Historical Examples of borborygmus
It is knotted and lumpy to the touch and a rumbling noise (borborygmus) is heard within it.A Treatise on Sheep:
- rumbling of the stomach
Word Origin for borborygmus
C18: from Greek
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- A rumbling noise produced by the movement of gas through the intestines.
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