dys·​pep·​sia | \dis-ˈpep-shə, -sē-ə\

Definition of dyspepsia 

2 : ill humor : disgruntlement

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Other Words from dyspepsia

dyspeptic \ -​ˈpep-​tik \ adjective or noun
dyspeptically \ -​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ 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.

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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, "Let Us Tell You S’more About America’s Favorite Campfire Treat," 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, "The Fascinating Origins of Pepsi, North Carolina’s Hometown Favorite," 27 Feb. 2018 This has happened in cases of people with dyspepsia, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic pelvic pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, headaches and more. Leah Schaffer, CNN, "This is why a third of antidepressants are prescribed for something else," 19 Dec. 2017 Trump’s own recurring sense of victimization melded with the other’s dyspepsia over its own reporting about the president-elect. vanityfair.com, "The Media Spar over the Alleged “Golden Shower” Report," 11 Jan. 2017 Trump’s own recurring sense of victimization melded with the other’s dyspepsia over its own reporting about the president-elect. The Hive, "The Media Spar over the Alleged “Golden Shower” Report," 11 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of dyspepsia

circa 1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dyspepsia

Latin, from Greek, from dys- + pepsis digestion, from peptein, pessein to cook, digest — more at cook

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English Language Learners Definition of dyspepsia

medical : pain in the area of your stomach caused by a difficulty in digesting food


dys·​pep·​sia | \dis-ˈpep-shə, -sē-ə \

Medical Definition of dyspepsia 

: indigestion Dyspepsia occasionally resolves itself without any need for medical intervention.— Patricia Hittner, Better Homes and Gardens, December 1998

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