flat·​u·​lence | \ ˈfla-chə-lən(t)s How to pronounce flatulence (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web The fake flatulence doesn’t come with a smell, but the exhibit doesn’t neglect that sense. Washington Post, 1 Aug. 2014 True parts of the scene: Nitro is adorable, and mastiffs are known for their flatulence. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 9 Apr. 2022 Also, Tony Hale voices Josh Radnor’s giraffe-centaur’s seemingly sentient flatulence, if that’s your thing. Eric Vilas-boas And John Maher, Vulture, 21 Dec. 2021 As a result, more than half the subjects had problems like bloatedness, cramps, and flatulence with the non-hydrogel version of the drink. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 15 Sep. 2021 The standard estimate is that 30 to 90 percent of marathoners and triathletes (i.e. somewhere between no one and everyone, much like running injuries) experience nausea, bloating, reflux, abdominal pain, flatulence, and diarrhea during their events. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 1 Aug. 2021 No word yet on how much, if any, flatulence there might be. Jennifer M. Wood, Wired, 30 Dec. 2021 Other leading sources include coal mines, landfills and possibly bovine flatulence. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Nov. 2021 Their famous flatulence and their voluminous manure produce greenhouse gas emissions proven to contribute significantly to the climate emergency. Simon Mainwaring, Forbes, 18 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of flatulence

1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Flatulence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flatulence. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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flat·​u·​lence | \ ˈflach-ə-lən(t)s How to pronounce flatulence (audio) \

Medical Definition of flatulence

: the quality or state of being flatulent

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