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Make or become swollen with fluid or gas:[with object] ‘the fungus has bloated their abdomens’‘she suffered from abdominal bloating’
- ‘You may notice a burning sensation in your upper abdomen, nausea, bloating and belching.’
- ‘But his joy was short-lived for his body started bloating faster than a puffer fish.’
- ‘Her digestive system may also be affected and she will suffer from bloating.’
- ‘There can be no eating of salt, because a lot of salt causes bloating.’
- ‘Your heightened sensitivity can also lead to swelling and bloating.’
- ‘If PMT is playing havoc with your life, remember that food can relieve such symptoms as mood changes, bloating, fluid retention and pain.’
- ‘It treats decreased appetite, loss of taste, inability to eat more than a little at a time, bloating after eating, distension and general weakness.’
- ‘In children, the abdomen can become swollen and bloated and medical attention should be sought urgently.’
- ‘But you probably noticed that when you were on those hormones that you had bloating and swelling at the ankles and breasts.’
- ‘Used either in formula or individually, it serves to regulate the metabolism, prevent bloating and counteract obesity.’
- ‘Eases fluid retention, leaving you less bloated and slimmer.’
- ‘The same tea also relieves bloating, sinusitis, catarrh and extreme muscle exhaustion.’
- ‘A top tip to reduce bloating after meals is to vary carbohydrate foods and use a good probiotic supplement.’
- ‘It is rare to see instant results when making dietary changes, but according to experts, bloating and swollen ankles can literally ‘deflate’ within a matter of days when salt intake is reduced.’
- ‘It can help to reduce bloating - and feeling less heavy will make you feel better about yourself.’
[mass noun] A disease of livestock characterized by an accumulation of gas in the stomach.
- ‘Signs of bloat are stomach pain and futile attempts to vomit and to salivate.’
- ‘Also, grazing that leaves very short stubble could lead to a greater risk of bloat if livestock are hungry when turned into the next paddock.’
- ‘When bloat occurs, the stomach can turn and block, causing a buildup of gas.’
- ‘However, grazing only red clover has the potential risk of bloat.’
- ‘Also, adding salt has been shown to decrease the incidence of bloat.’
Late 17th century: from obsolete bloat ‘swollen, soft’, perhaps from Old Norse blautr soft, flabby.
Cure (a herring) by salting and smoking it lightly.
- ‘I spotted a chunk of granite in the shape of a bloated herring and grabbed it too, ready to do battle with both hands.’
- ‘The latter, however, are very agreeable and good for making pickled or bloated herring.’
Late 16th century: related to the adjective bloat used in the compound bloat herring ‘bloater’ from the late 16th to mid 17th century; of obscure origin.
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