flat·​u·​lence | \ˈfla-chə-lən(t)s \

Definition of flatulence 

1 : the quality or state of being flatulent

2 : flatus expelled through the anus

Examples of flatulence in a Sentence

symptoms include nausea, flatulence, and cramps

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The book’s authors, zoology graduate student Dani Rabaiotti and postdoctoral scientist Nick Caruso, are the same team that brought us the best-selling guide to animal flatulence, Does it Fart?. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Flatworms fence with their penises and other gross science facts," 21 Oct. 2018 Equal in irrelevance was HR Paul, the head of the human resources department, who was generally regarded as a nincompoop psychology PhD with a flatulence problem. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Google’s former PR boss Jessica Powell wrote a satirical novel about tech and published it all on Medium," 2 Oct. 2018 This would literally require everyone to drive electric cars and farmers to develop technologies to capture cow flatulence—long after Mr. Brown has stopped exhaling CO2 himself. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Price Californians Will Pay," 12 Sep. 2018 That, in scientist-speak, is a pretty darn good flatulence joke. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "Uranus Smells Terrible. There, We Said it," 24 Apr. 2018 In February, a pilot for the airline landed a plane after a fight broke out over another passenger’s continued flatulence. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Man Who Smelled So Bad a Plane Had to Make Emergency Landing Dies a Month Later of Necrosis," 27 June 2018 Photo: Stephanie Aaronson/The Wall Street Journal Companies have long grappled with how to address the embarrassment associated with buying certain products, whether condoms or drugs that treat conditions like flatulence and erectile dysfunction. Sharon Terlep, WSJ, "P&G’s Challenge: Selling a Product that Women Wish They Didn’t Need," 26 June 2018 The bitter divorce battle between billionaire bond king Bill Gross and his ex-wife is beginning to stink — like vomit, flatulence and dead fish. Carleton English, Fox News, "Bill Gross made disputed home with ex-wife stink like vomit, dead fish with foul-smelling sprays: lawsuit," 18 June 2018 The finding comes courtesy of a study in Nature Astronomy, revealing that the cloud tops of Uranus are made principally of hydrogen sulfide, the gas that is principally responsible for the foul smell of rotten eggs and, yes, human flatulence. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "Uranus Smells Terrible. There, We Said it," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of flatulence

1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of flatulence

: the presence of too much gas or air in the stomach or intestines


flat·​u·​lence | \ˈflach-ə-lən(t)s \

Medical Definition of flatulence 

: the quality or state of being flatulent

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