One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Gas in or from the stomach or intestines, produced by swallowing air or by bacterial fermentation.
intestinal gas, wind, gasView synonyms
- ‘On the first postoperative day, the patient was able to pass flatus and tolerate a regular diet.’
- ‘Failure to pass flatus or feces suggests intestinal obstruction.’
- ‘The bacterial activity also produces the C02 associated with increased flatus.’
- ‘However, fever, nausea, increased flatus and chronic diarrhea with malabsorption may occur.’
- ‘Her abdomen was soft with normal, active bowel sounds, and she was passing flatus.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin, literally ‘blowing’, from flare ‘to blow’.
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