flatulence


adjective

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

adjective

  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
n.

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

adj.

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)).

n.

  1. The presence of excessive gas in the digestive tract.

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