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Flatulence is defined in the medical literature as "flatus expelled through the anus" or the "quality or state of being flatulent", which is defined in turn as "marked by or affected with gases generated in the intestine or stomach; likely to cause digestive flatulence".wikipedia
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Fecal incontinence

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It is a recognised subtype of faecal incontinence, and is usually related to minor disruptions of the continence mechanisms.
Fecal incontinence (FI), also known as anal incontinence, or in some forms encopresis, is a lack of control over defecation, leading to involuntary loss of bowel contents—including flatus (gas), liquid stool elements and mucus, or solid feces.

Abdominal distension

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These definitions highlight that many people consider "bloating", abdominal distension or increased volume of intestinal gas to be synonymous with the term flatulence (although this is technically inaccurate).
Through a variety of causes (see below), bloating is most commonly due to buildup of gas in the stomach, small intestine or colon.

Blowing a raspberry

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The noises commonly associated with flatulence ("blowing a raspberry") are caused by the vibration of anal sphincters, and occasionally by the closed buttocks.
It is made by placing the tongue between the lips and blowing to produce a sound similar to flatulence.


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Excessive swallowing of environmental air is called aerophagia, and has been shown in a few case reports to be responsible for increased flatus volume.
Aerophagia may also refer to an unusual condition where the primary symptom is excessive flatus, belching is not present, and the actual mechanism by which air enters the gut is obscure.

Vaginal flatulence

Derived terms include vaginal flatulence, otherwise known as a queef.
The sound is somewhat comparable to flatulence from the anus but does not involve waste gases and thus often does not have a specific odor associated.

Lactose intolerance

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In the case of people who have lactose intolerance, intestinal bacteria feeding on lactose can give rise to excessive gas production when milk or lactose-containing substances have been consumed.
Symptoms may include abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, gas, and nausea.

Fart lighting

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Methane and hydrogen are flammable, and so flatus containing adequate amounts of these can be ignited.
Fart lighting, also known as pyroflatulence or flatus ignition, is the practice of igniting the gases produced by human flatulence, often producing a flame of a blue hue, hence the act being known colloquially as a "blue angel", "blue dart", or in Australia, a "blue flame". The fact that flatus is flammable, and the actual combustion of it through this practice, gives rise to much humorous derivation.

Olfactory reference syndrome

Some patients may exhibit over-sensitivity to bad flatus smell, and in extreme forms, olfactory reference syndrome may be diagnosed.
The character of the odor may be reported as similar to bodily substances, e.g. feces, flatus, urine, sweat, vomitus, semen, vaginal secretions; or alternatively it may be an unnatural, non-human or chemical odor, e.g. ammonia, detergent, rotten onions, burnt rags, candles, garbage, burning fish, medicines, old cheese.


It is also normal for intestinal gas passed through the rectum to have a characteristic feculent smell, although this too may vary in concentration.
These are the same compounds that are responsible for the odor of flatulence.


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Some infections, such as giardiasis, are also associated with flatulence.
This characteristic diarrhea is often accompanied by a number of other symptoms, including gas, abdominal cramps, and nausea or vomiting.


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It is known that hydrogen sulfide (H 2 S), methyl mercaptan (MM, also known as methanethiol, MT), dimethyl sulfide (DMS), dimethyl disulfide (DMDS) and dimethyl trisulfide (DMTS) are present in flatus.
It is one of the main compounds responsible for bad breath and the smell of flatus.

High-altitude flatus expulsion

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In the field of mountaineering, the phenomenon of high altitude flatus expulsion was first recorded over two hundred years ago.
High-altitude flatus expulsion (HAFE) is a gastrointestinal syndrome which involves the spontaneous passage of increased quantities of rectal gases at high altitudes.

Bismuth subgallate

Smell from flatulence is commonly treated with bismuth subgallate, available over-the-counter in the US as Devrom.
Bismuth subgallate, with a chemical formula C 7 H 5 BiO 6, is commonly used to treat malodor by deodorizing flatulence and stools.


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This is the theory behind diets such as the low FODMAP diet (low fermentable oligosaccharide, disacharide, monosaccharide and polyols).
The resultant production of gas potentially results in bloating and flatulence.


professional farter
Enough entertainers performed with their flatus that the term flatulist was coined. Le Pétomane ("the Fartomaniac") was a famous French performer in the 19th century who, as well as many professional farters before him, did flatulence impressions and held shows.
A flatulist, fartist, or professional farter is an entertainer (sometimes considered a comedian) whose routine consists solely or primarily of passing gas in a creative, musical, or amusing manner.


Certain spices have been reported to counteract the production of intestinal gas, most notably the closely related cumin, coriander, caraway, fennel and others such as ajwain, turmeric, asafoetida (hing), epazote, and kombu kelp (a Japanese seaweed).
Asafoetida is considered a digestive in that it reduces flatulence.

Irritable bowel syndrome

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In the past, functional bowel disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) that produced symptoms of bloating were attributed to increased production of intestinal gas.
The resultant production of gas potentially results in bloating and flatulence.


An antiflatulent agent is a drug used for the alleviation or prevention of excessive intestinal gas, i.e., flatulence.


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In cows, gas and burps are produced by methane-generating microbes called methanogens, that live inside the cow's digestive system.
They are common in wetlands, where they are responsible for marsh gas, and in the digestive tracts of animals such as ruminants and humans, where they are responsible for the methane content of belching in ruminants and flatulence in humans.


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Also, a 2002 film Thunderpants revolves around a boy named Patrick Smash who has an ongoing flatulence problem from the time of his birth.
Thunderpants is a 2002 British-German family film about a boy whose incredible capacity for flatulence gets him a job as an astronaut.

Activated carbon

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Despite being an ancient treatment for various digestive complaints, activated charcoal did not produce reduction in both the total flatus volume nor the release of sulfur-containing gasses, and there was no reduction in abdominal symptoms (after 0.52 g activated charcoal four times a day for 1 week).
Tablets or capsules of activated carbon are used in many countries as an over-the-counter drug to treat diarrhea, indigestion, and flatulence.


The antibiotic rifaximin, often used to treat diarrhoea caused by the microorganism E. coli, may reduce both the production of intestinal gas and the frequency of flatus events.
Symptom relief or improvement can be obtained for global IBS symptoms including: abdominal pain, flatulence, bloating, and stool consistency.

2011 Malawian Air Fouling Legislation

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In January 2011, the Malawi Minister of Justice, George Chaponda, said that Air Fouling Legislation would make public farting illegal in his country.
When the Minister of Justice claimed that the bill made flatulence in public illegal, the story made headlines around the world.

Le Pétomane

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Le Pétomane ("the Fartomaniac") was a famous French performer in the 19th century who, as well as many professional farters before him, did flatulence impressions and held shows.
He was famous for his remarkable control of the abdominal muscles, which enabled him to seemingly fart at will.

Flatulence humor

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Flatulence humor
Flatulence humour or flatulence humor refers to any type of joke, practical joke device, or other off-color humor related to flatulence.