Definition of flatus in English:

Share this entry

flatus

Pronunciation: /ˈfleɪtəs/

noun

[mass noun] technical
Gas in or from the stomach or intestines, produced by swallowing air or by bacterial fermentation.
Example sentences
  • Failure to pass flatus or feces suggests intestinal obstruction.
  • The bacterial activity also produces the C02 associated with increased flatus.
  • However, fever, nausea, increased flatus and chronic diarrhea with malabsorption may occur.

Origin

Mid 17th century: from Latin, literally 'blowing', from flare 'to blow'.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: fla¦tus

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.