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 Symptoms sound familiar to anyone who has suffered from giardiasis: abdominal cramps, bloating, fatigue, flatulence, diarrhea, and weight loss, with the bonus of a low-grade fever. Keith Mccafferty, Field & Stream, "The Ultimate Survival Guide to Finding and Purifying Water," 19 June 2020 On average, cows produce around 100 to 500 liters of methane per day in the form of flatulence. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, "If everyone became vegetarian, would the planet actually be better off?," 8 Sep. 2017 This combo can trigger the production of gases, which may lead to digestive bloating, pain, cramps, and flatulence. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "Cauliflower Benefits: 7 Ways This Vegetable Helps Your Health," 23 Oct. 2019 Aside from a few broad bouts of animal humor -- yes, flatulence is involved -- the whole exercise feels utterly lifeless, and a conspicuous waste of time and, given the special effects, what looks like a ridiculous amount of money. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Dolittle' somehow turns talking to animals into a colossal bore," 16 Jan. 2020 While the flatulence kerfuffle struck Homa Bay County, a bigger issue unraveled this week in Kenya’s national assembly. Jennifer Hassan, Washington Post, "‘One of us has polluted the air’: Fart forces county lawmakers to suspend debate in Kenya," 10 Aug. 2019 Cow manure and flatulence account for about half of the state’s methane emissions, and curbing the potent greenhouse gas... The Editorial Board, WSJ, "California Greens Have a Cow," 9 June 2019 The two actors play off each other wonderfully, exchanging barbs, slaps and flatulence. A.l., The Economist, "“The Lighthouse”: an engulfing dive into madness," 18 Oct. 2019 The series explains that Doug aims to sustain a career through flatulence. Hal Boedeker, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida Man celebrated in ‘bizarre love letter’ web series," 12 Sep. 2019

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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 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of flatulence

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


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Medical Definition of flatulence

: the quality or state of being flatulent

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