Glossary: Grand Panjandrum
(translations of "The Grand Panjandrum" story)
Peristalsis is the rippling motion of muscles in the digestive tract. In the stomach, this motion mixes food with gastric juices, turning it into a thin liquid.
Bowel sounds are normal. In fact, their absence might indicate intestinal obstruction or constipation.
Some borborygmi, or intestinal sounds, are often present in cases of gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach and intestines) and diarrhea (increased fluidity, frequency, or volume of bowel movements).
Most of the time, the growl of the borborygmi is gas moving in the digestive system, usually in the intestines rather than the stomach.
When borborygmi, or gurgulations,
Interrupt my conversations,
I simply shrug and say, "It's true–
My belly has an opinion too."
2. Threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments.