generating gas in the alimentary canal, as food.
attended with, caused by, or suffering from such an accumulation of gas.
having unsupported pretensions; inflated and empty; pompous; turgid: a flatulent style.

1590–1600; < Neo-Latin flātulentus; see flatus, -ulent

flatulence, flatulency, noun
flatulently, adverb
nonflatulence, noun
nonflatulency, noun
nonflatulent, adjective
nonflatulently, adverb
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flatulent (ˈflætjʊlənt)
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
[C16: from New Latin flātulentus, from Latin: flatus]

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1590s, from M.Fr. flatulent, from L. flatus "a blowing, a breaking wind," pp. of flare "to blow, puff," which is cognate with O.E. blawan (see blow (v.1)).

1711, from flatulent.
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flatulence flat·u·lence (flāch'ə-ləns) or flat·u·len·cy (flāch'ə-lən-sē)
The presence of excessive gas in the digestive tract.

flat'u·lent adj.
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the presence of excessive amounts of gas in the stomach or intestine, which sometimes results in the expulsion of the gas through the anus. Healthy individuals produce significant amounts of intestinal gas (flatus) daily; without rectal release, gases trapped within the digestive system produce bloating and abdominal distention. Although a normal occurrence, flatulence sometimes causes embarrassment because of the sound and fetid odour of the gases

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