Did You Know That These Body Functions Had Names? (15 GIFS)

Posted in INTERESTING       15 Mar 2023       1492       3 GALLERY VIEW

Borborygmi

 

You know that noise your stomach makes when you’re digesting? You know- the one that you desprately try to keep quiet when you’re watching a movie with your girlfriend’s family for the first time. Derived from the Greek word, borborygmus, this noise is produced when your bowels are digesting your food.

Trapped air and gas also contributes to the noise! But like yelling at a construction worker for holding up traffic, you really can’t be upset about someone doing their job.

 

Cachinnation

 

Ever find yourself forcing a laugh? You’re not alone. A 2013 study showed that, when people laugh out loud, it’s only because they’ve found something funny about 20 percent of the time. However, when you have REAL laughter– the one that you can’t control and makes for the best memories, it’s known as Cachinnation.

 

Cicatrization

 

Cicatrization refers to the healing process or a scar (not pictured above) or wound. It’s a nice word to drop the next time you want to impress someone, isn’t it?

 

Deglutition

 

As you might have guessed from the incredibly non-suggestive GIF above, Deglutition is the proper word for swallowing.

 

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Eructation

 

This is the medical term for the act of burping. The actual burp itself, however, is properly known as a ‘ructus.’

 

Flatus

 

The opposite of a burp… need I say more?

 

Horripilation

 

What we typically know as “goosebumps” is actually something called Horripilation. Otherwise known as piloerection, this is also seen in animals when they are stressed or under attack.

 

Lachrymation

 

This is the scientific term for crying, named so because it is the result of tears being produced in the lachrymal glands above the outer edges of the eyes.

 

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Mastication

 

This is the technical term for chewing! This comes from the old greek word for ‘mashing your teeth together.’

 

Nictitation

 

Coming from the old pre-Latin word meaning “to incline or bend together,” nictitation describes the act of blinking or winking!

 

Obdormition

 

While this term technically describes being asleep, it’s most commonly used to describe the feeling of pins and needles that you get when part of your body goes numb.

 

Pandiculation

 

This term describes all of the things you do when you FIRST wake up: Yawning, stretching, rubbing your eyes, regretting the booze, etc.

 

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Rhinorrhoea

 

Rhinorrhoea is the technical term for having a runny nose.

 

Singultus

 

Ever sob so hard that you can hardly breathe, let alone talk? That is known, scientifically, as Singultus.

 

Sternutation

 

Sternutation refers to either a singular sneeze OR a sneezing fit!

 



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Rob 1 year ago
Curiously I do know the scientifical expression for 'wanking' though!
       
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Zedediah 1 year ago
#4 "incredibly non-suggestive" ...love it
       
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Newton 1 year ago
Cool, cool, cool. Very interesting. Now I just need someone to teach me how to pronounce of this stuff...
       
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