from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A rumbling noise produced by the movement of gas through the intestines.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A rumbling sound made by the movement of gas in the intestines.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The rumbling noise caused by wind within the intestines.


New Latin, from Greek borborugmos, of imitative origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Greek βορβορυγμος (onomatopoeia). (Wiktionary)


  • He said he'd always liked the word borborygmus and looked at me expectantly.

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  • I want to apologize for my "borborygmus" and be called out for my "fribbling."

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  • Nostalgia, which we are apt to sneer at as a doctor's name for homesickness, and to class with cachexy and borborygmus, was a power for evil in those days, and some of our finest troops were thinned out by it, notoriously the

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  • On the way up, we began to develop that borborygmus-inducing Hearty Appetite that comes from sitting in a car for two hours, and so we began casting about for a place to enjoy a spot of luncheon.

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  • Food intolerance is a non-immunologic response that can trigger such symptoms as gassiness, vomiting, diarrhea and borborygmus -- also known as stomach growling -- according to Korrin Saker, DMV, associate professor of clinical nutrition at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine.


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  • "Although this muscle contraction happens whether or not food is present, it is more common after the animal has gone several hours without eating. This may be why a "growling" stomach is often associated with hunger." -wiki

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  • Is there a term for hunger sounds?

    March 28, 2009

  • Odd. I could swear I'd already added it....But it's there now. :-)

    April 3, 2008

  • ... and this, too, belongs on reesetee's "It Has a Name?" list.

    April 3, 2008

  • A rumbling noise produced by the movement of gas through the intestines. Plural "borborygmi"

    April 3, 2008