Bowel sounds
The gurgling, rumbling, or growling noises from the abdomen caused by the muscular contractions of peristalsis, the process that moves the contents of the stomach and intestines downward. Bowel sounds are normal. Their absence can indicate intestinal obstruction. Bowel sounds may also be temporarily absent after abdominal surgery. Bowel sounds are also called borborygmus (plural: borborygmi).

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relatively high-pitched abdominal sounds caused by propulsion of contents through the lower part of the colon.

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