heartburn

noun
heart·​burn | \ˈhärt-ˌbərn \

Definition of heartburn 

: a burning discomfort behind the lower part of the sternum due especially to spasmodic reflux of acid from the stomach into the esophagus

Examples of heartburn in a Sentence

I like spicy food, but it gives me heartburn.

Recent Examples on the Web

Republicans are trying to use President Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court to give U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., a little heartburn. Anthony Man, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Republicans try to make Supreme Court fight unpleasant for Bill Nelson," 11 July 2018 Some said Strauss groped them barehanded during physicals, had them drop their pants even while examining them for a cough or heartburn, and badgered students to go home with him. James Freeman, WSJ, "Jim Jordan and Ohio State," 10 July 2018 Other first trimester symptoms include constipation, mood swings, heartburn, and tender, swollen breasts. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Claire Danes Kept Nodding Off On the Set of ‘Homeland’ During Her First Trimester," 24 Apr. 2018 Some said Strauss groped them barehanded during physicals, had them drop their pants even while examining them for a cough or heartburn, and badgered students to go home with him. James Freeman, WSJ, "Jim Jordan and Ohio State," 10 July 2018 The heartburn comes ahead of a possible two-headed diplomatic assault from Trump this week. Michael Birnbaum, chicagotribune.com, "Ahead of summit, allies wonder: Will NATO survive Trump?," 9 July 2018 The heartburn comes ahead of a possible two-headed diplomatic assault from Trump this week. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump’s confusion about Bush’s slogan illustrates his narrow view of the presidency," 9 July 2018 Some said Strauss groped them barehanded during physicals, had them drop their pants even while examining them for a cough or heartburn, and badgered students to go home with him. CBS News, "Ohio State doctor who killed himself accused of decades-long sexual misconduct," 6 July 2018 Some said Strauss groped them barehanded during physicals, had them drop their pants even while examining them for a cough or heartburn, and badgered students to go home with him. Kantele Franko, Adnrew Welsh-huggins, John Seewer, Cincinnati.com, "Ex-athletes say Ohio State doc groped, ogled men for years," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of heartburn

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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heartburn

noun

English Language Learners Definition of heartburn

: an unpleasant hot feeling in your chest caused by something that you ate

heartburn

noun
heart·​burn | \-ˌbərn \

Medical Definition of heartburn 

: a burning discomfort behind the lower part of the sternum usually related to spasm of the lower end of the esophagus or of the upper part of the stomach often in association with gastroesophageal reflux

called also cardialgia, pyrosis

— compare water brash

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