Borborygmi are the rumbling, gurgling sounds caused by gas moving through the intestines. Borborygmi is the plural form of borborygmus and it is pronounced BOR-boh-RIG-mee. Borborygmi originates from the Greek borborygmos, which was derived from borboryzein (to have a rumbling in the bowels).
While there is nothing exactly fun about being borborygmic (suffering from borborygmi), I think it’s fantastic to have a word that actually describes those deep stomach growlings. While the definition is about the gas that moves through the intestines, I often experience a borborygmus caused by a need to eat and I suppose that it could be air moving through a digestive tract that wants to be filled with food! Borborygmi makes me laugh, both saying the word and feeling (and hearing!) it as it happens.
Borborygmi is a fun word, so long as it’s not causing pain or due to a severe medical issue. I also find borborygmi to be a delightful reminder of just how weird and wonderfully complex our bodies are!
Namaste ~ Ella
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