Meaning of borborygmus in English:


Pronunciation /ˌbɔːbəˈrɪɡməs/


  • A rumbling or gurgling noise made by the movement of fluid and gas in the intestines.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Dysfunction of the large intestine produces the symptoms of borborygmus and diarrhea; if the fluid is further exhausted, the symptoms will be constipation and so on.’
    • ‘On the emotional front melancholy, depression, irritability & inappropriate anger present themselves with the physical signs of abdominal distension and pain, gas, borborygmus, diarrhea.’
    • ‘It is usually associated with noticeable flatus, belching, borborygmus, abdominal distension, or a combination of these signs.’
    • ‘The intensity of borborygmus was low with afternoon administration, reaching only one-third to one-half that with morning administration.’
    • ‘The frequency and intensity of borborygmus were measured by a tracer.’
    intestinal gas, wind, gas


Early 18th century modern Latin, from Greek borborugmos.