Definitions

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

  • n. Gas generated in or expelled from the digestive tract, especially the stomach or intestines.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Gas generated in the digestive tract.
  • n. Expulsion of such gas through the anus.
  • n. Morbid inflation or swelling.
  • n. Plural form of flatus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A breath; a puff of wind.
  • n. Gas generated in the stomach, intestine, or other cavities of the body.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A breath; a puff of wind; a pure expulsion of air from the lungs through the throat and mouth.
  • n. Wind present in the stomach or intestines; eructation.
  • n. Inflation; puffiness; the state of being distended with air, as a tumor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a reflex that expels intestinal gas through the anus

Etymologies

Latin flātus, wind, fart, from flāre, to blow; see bhlē- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowed into English around 1660–1670; from Latin flātus ("blowing, wind"), from flāre ("to blow").[2][3] (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • •The primary components of gas (known as flatus, pronounced FLAY-tuss) are 5 odorless gases: nitrogen, hydrogen, carbon dioxide, methane, and oxygen.

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  • Orlistat use frequently results in adverse events including flatus, oily stools, fecal urgency or fecal incontinence, and abdominal pain, particularly among patients who do not follow the recommended low-fat diet.

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  • This would be enforced by the flatus police (former ICE and Border agents fired by Obama Momma when he removed the CONUS borders).

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  • Cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and other cruciferous vegetables that belong to the genus Brassica are commonly reputed to not only increase flatulence, but to increase the pungency of the flatus.

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  • (Soundbite of laughter) GROSS: But afflatus of flatus actually means the miraculous communication of super natural knowledge, which kind of changes the whole feel of what hes saying there.

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  • So, over and over, when we looked - when I looked up words in the dictionary, see where Whitman was in 1855, there was always some surprising interesting accuracy or some area like the word afflatus or flatus.

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  • I dont know whether you say flatus or afflatus but it sounds like theres flatulence, flatulence surging through him.

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  • Right now however, more money is spent on controlling flatus, whether taken before or after meals.

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  • Rush Limbaugh, America's Rectum of the Radio, will not get the chance to spread his malodorous flatus on yet another industry.

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  • Then it's the customary set photograph as we try and get into the rows we were in all those years ago, a selection of words to get that co-ordinated smile and this year it was flatus tubes, enemas and things just got worse after that.

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