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[flach-uh-luh nt] /ˈflætʃ ə lənt/
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.
Origin of flatulent
1590-1600; < New Latin flātulentus; see flatus, -ulent
Related forms
flatulence, flatulency, noun
flatulently, adverb
nonflatulence, noun
nonflatulency, noun
nonflatulent, adjective
nonflatulently, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for flatulence
  • Please address our salient questions on whale flatulence.
  • In polite society, flatulence is often a social faux pas-especially when issued deliberately.
  • For many diners who enjoy beans, the side effects can be somewhat unpleasant--the legumes are notorious for causing flatulence.
  • Taking such comments out of the context of war has all the validity of flatulence while alone in a cave.
  • Researchers are currently developing a range of anti-flatulence aids.
  • Cinnamon is warming and eases digestive upset as well as flatulence.
  • flatulence is not poisonous it is a natural component of various intestinal contents.
British Dictionary definitions for flatulence


suffering from or caused by an excessive amount of gas in the alimentary canal, producing uncomfortable distension
generating excessive gas in the alimentary canal
pretentious or windy in style
Derived Forms
flatulence, flatulency, noun
flatulently, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from New Latin flātulentus, from Latin: flatus
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Word Origin and History for flatulence

1711, from French flatulence, from flatulent (see flatulent). Flatulency is from 1650s.



1590s, from Middle French flatulent, from Modern Latin flatulentus, from Latin flatus "a blowing, a breaking wind," past participle of flare "to blow, puff," which is cognate with Old English blawan (see blow (v.1)).

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flatulence in Medicine

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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