Borborygmus Definition

Borborygmus – the growling and rumbling sound of gas moving through the gastrointestinal tract during digestion. Borborygmus, sometimes referred to in the plural, borborygmi, indicates normal function of the gastrointestinal system. The sounds originate with the stomach and continue through the small intestine and large intestine.

Excessive rumblings may indicate incomplete digestion such as may result from eating too rapidly or eating too much at one time. Some people experience an increase in borborygmus when they are hungry.

See also BOWEL SOUNDSFLATULENCE.

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