Definition of borborygmus in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌbɔːbəˈrɪɡməs/

noun (plural borborygmi /ˌbɔːbəˈrɪɡmʌɪ/)

A rumbling or gurgling noise made by the movement of fluid and gas in the intestines.
Example sentences
  • The carcinoid syndrome is classically described as flushing, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps, but borborygmi, cyanosis, telangiectasis, pellagra like skin lesions, wheezing, dypsnea or palpitations may also occur.
  • Patients complain of colicky abdominal pain, borborygmi and vomiting.
  • Within 30 minutes to 2 hours after eating dairy products they experience such symptoms as gas pains, cramps, diarrhea, borborygmi (rumblings caused by the passage of gas through the intestines), or flatulence.



Example sentences
  • Even Harding began to notice the borborygmic rumbles coming from his overstuffed subordinates.
  • A rumble of borborygmic thunder crashed across the grim landscape of his consciousness.
  • Moist, borborygmic gutturals, appropriately barbaric riffs and tendon tearing blastbeats are all available in abundance here.


Early 18th century: modern Latin, from Greek borborugmos.

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