dys·​pep·​sia | \ dis-ˈpep-shə How to pronounce dyspepsia (audio) , -sē-ə \

Definition of dyspepsia

2 : ill humor : disgruntlement

Other Words from dyspepsia

dyspeptic \ dis-​ˈpep-​tik How to pronounce dyspepsia (audio) \ adjective or noun
dyspeptically \ dis-​ˈpep-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce dyspepsia (audio) \ adverb

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When people get indigestion, they are often affected by nausea, heartburn, and gas-things that can cause the world's greatest gastronome to curse the world's most delectable dishes. So, it is no wonder that dyspepsia, a word for indigestion, has also come to mean "ill humor" or "disgruntlement." The word itself is ultimately derived from the Greek prefix dys- ("faulty" or "impaired") and the verb pessein ("to cook" or "to digest"). To please the wordmonger's appetite, we would like to end with this tasty morsel: Dyspepsia has an opposite, eupepsia-a rarely used word meaning "good digestion."

Examples of dyspepsia in a Sentence

He is suffering from dyspepsia.
Recent Examples on the Web Take for example an experiment that administered capsaicin to volunteers with functional dyspepsia as well as healthy folks. Patrick Wilson, Outside Online, 21 Aug. 2020 Beyond acute physical and psychological stress, what else can aggravate visceral hypersensitivity in people with IBS, dyspepsia, or other gut disorders? Patrick Wilson, Outside Online, 21 Aug. 2020 To diagnose it, then—this diegetic dyspepsia—a comprehensive examination of the patient must be performed. Jason Kehe, Wired, 7 July 2021 Another risk of nighttime eating is dyspepsia, more commonly known as indigestion or an upset stomach. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 23 Aug. 2019 And functional dyspepsia, which affects the stomach and is otherwise known as indigestion, affects nearly 32% of the population, according to a 2004 study published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, 29 Oct. 2018 Upper stomach pain or feelings of fullness paired with bloating may be indicative of dyspepsia, for example, whereas lower abdomen cramping and a change in bowel habits could point to IBS. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, 29 Oct. 2018 The Europeans who encountered indigenous people in Mexico in the 1500s noted that chocolate was used to treat numerous ailments ranging from dysentery and indigestion, to fatigue and dyspepsia. Jeffrey Miller, Smithsonian, 29 June 2018 Pepsi however, says that the truth is that the name came from Bradham’s belief that his Pepsi-Cola could soothe an upset stomach, taking its name from the word dyspepsia, which means indigestion. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, 27 Feb. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of dyspepsia

circa 1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dyspepsia

borrowed from Latin, borrowed from Greek dyspepsía, from dys- dys- + pépsis "cooking, ripening, digestion" (from pep-, base of péttein, péssein, péptein "to cook, ripen, digest" + -sis -sis) + -ia -ia entry 1 — more at cook entry 1

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“Dyspepsia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dyspepsia. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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dys·​pep·​sia | \ dis-ˈpep-shə How to pronounce dyspepsia (audio) , -sē-ə How to pronounce dyspepsia (audio) \

Medical Definition of dyspepsia

: indigestion Dyspepsia occasionally resolves itself without any need for medical intervention.— Patricia Hittner, Better Homes and Gardens

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