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Gas in or from the stomach or intestines, produced by swallowing air or by bacterial fermentation.
intestinal gas, wind, gasView synonyms
- ‘Her abdomen was soft with normal, active bowel sounds, and she was passing flatus.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘On the first postoperative day, the patient was able to pass flatus and tolerate a regular diet.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin, literally ‘blowing’, from flare ‘to blow’.
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