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Examples of dyspepsia in a sentence
He is suffering from dyspepsia.
Did You Know?
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."
Origin and Etymology of dyspepsia
Latin, from Greek, from dys- + pepsis digestion, from peptein, pessein to cook, digest — more at cook
First Known Use: circa 1706
DYSPEPSIA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dyspepsia for English Language Learners
medical : pain in the area of your stomach caused by a difficulty in digesting food
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Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about dyspepsia
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