[bawr-buh-rig-muh s]

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.

Origin of borborygmus

1710–20; < New Latin < Greek borborygmós intestinal rumbling Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for borborygmus

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:

    Ambrose Blacklock

British Dictionary definitions for borborygmus


noun plural -mi (-maɪ)

rumbling of the stomach
Derived Formsborborygmal or borborygmic, adjective

Word Origin for borborygmus

C18: from Greek
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borborygmus in Medicine



n. pl. bor•bo•ryg•mī′ (-mī′)

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