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[bawr-buh-rig-muh s] /ˌbɔr bəˈrɪg məs/
noun, plural borborygmi
[bawr-buh-rig-mahy] /ˌbɔr bəˈrɪg maɪ/ (Show IPA).
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
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  • 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 (pl) -mi (-maɪ)
rumbling of the stomach
Derived Forms
borborygmal, borborygmic, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Greek
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borborygmus in Medicine

borborygmus bor·bo·ryg·mus (bôr'bə-rĭg'məs)
n. pl. bor·bo·ryg·mī' (-mī')
A rumbling noise produced by the movement of gas through the intestines.

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