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[flach-uh-luh nt]
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  1. generating gas in the alimentary canal, as food.
  2. attended with, caused by, or suffering from such an accumulation of gas.
  3. having unsupported pretensions; inflated and empty; pompous; turgid: a flatulent style.
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Origin of flatulent

1590–1600; < New Latin flātulentus; see flatus, -ulent
Related formsflat·u·lence, flat·u·len·cy, nounflat·u·lent·ly, adverbnon·flat·u·lence, nounnon·flat·u·len·cy, nounnon·flat·u·lent, adjectivenon·flat·u·lent·ly, adverb
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Related Words for flatulence

bombast, boasting, claptrap, babble, fustian, turgidity, twaddle

Examples from the Web for flatulence

Historical Examples of flatulence

  • Flatulence, eructations of gas, and borborygmi are controlled by strict diet according to the rules given.

    A System of Practical Medicine By American Authors, Vol. II


  • Flatulence is seen in infants suffering from intestinal indigestion and the food is nearly always at fault.

    The Mother and Her Child

    William S. Sadler

  • Flatulence is not inserted; but Flatulency is said to be 'windiness; fulness of wind.'

  • It was entitled 'The Art of Flatulence', and it consisted of a number of rules and definitions.

  • Flatulence (ventositas) is likewise a cause of gout, as we have already hinted.

    Gilbertus Anglicus

    Henry Ebenezer Handerson

British Dictionary definitions for flatulence


  1. suffering from or caused by an excessive amount of gas in the alimentary canal, producing uncomfortable distension
  2. generating excessive gas in the alimentary canal
  3. pretentious or windy in style
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Derived Formsflatulence or flatulency, nounflatulently, adverb

Word Origin for flatulent

C16: from New Latin flātulentus, from Latin: flatus
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Word Origin and History for flatulence


1711, from French flatulence, from flatulent (see flatulent). Flatulency is from 1650s.

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1590s, from Middle French flatulent, from Modern Latin flatulentus, from Latin flatus "a blowing, a breaking wind," past participle of flare "to blow, puff," which is cognate with Old English blawan (see blow (v.1)).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

flatulence in Medicine


  1. The presence of excessive gas in the digestive tract.
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Related formsflatu•lent adj.
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