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Expanding Your Vocabulary: Borborygmus

Although most people don’t use the term and many people don’t know what it means, it is a safe bet that almost everyone is acquainted with borborygmus.

The word is pronounced “bore-ba-rig-muss” and it describes a condition that is extremely common. In fact, it is quite likely that you’ve had borborygmus and didn’t even realize that there was a name for it.

So what is this tremendously mysterious word?

As a hint, many people get borborygmus after eating a plate of beans or cabbage. I often get it after eating a bowl of nice, hot chili. If this still doesn’t help figure out what it is, here is the definition from the Merriam-Webster dictionary:

Definition of borborygmus:

: intestinal rumbling caused by moving gas

In other words, when your belly rumbles or grumbles, you have borborygmus. Now your vocabulary is a word richer.

  • Did you previously know what borborygmus was?

    • Yes
    • No
    • I know what the condition is but I didn’t even know there was a word for it


What do you think?

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Written by Rex Trulove


  1. You’re once again bringing us wisdom Rex.


    sorry had lasagna for dinner.
    I had heard the term previously, my mom was a medical professional for many years so we were always treated to the proper names of things.
    (my dad was a biologist, can you imagine a walk with those two, Latin for stomach rumbling and latin for the 20 trees we just passed)!