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Definition of Belching

Belching: A normal process of releasing through the mouth air that accumulates in the stomach, thereby relieving distention. Upper abdominal discomfort associated with excessive swallowed air may extend into the lower chest, producing symptoms that suggest heart or lung disease.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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