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flatus

[ fley-tuhs ]
/ ˈfleɪ təs /
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noun, plural fla·tus·es.

intestinal gas produced by bacterial action on waste matter in the intestines and composed primarily of hydrogen sulfide and varying amounts of methane.

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Also called gas.

Origin of flatus

1660–70; <New Latin; Latin: a blowing, breathing, breath, equivalent to flā(re) to blow + -tus suffix of v. action
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British Dictionary definitions for flatus

flatus
/ (ˈfleɪtəs) /

noun plural -tuses

gas generated in the alimentary canal
C17: from Latin: a blowing, snorting, from flāre to breathe, blow
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Medical definitions for flatus

flatus
[ flātəs ]

n.

Gas generated in or expelled from the digestive tract, especially from the stomach or intestines.
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