heart·​burn | \ ˈhärt-ˌbərn How to pronounce heartburn (audio) \

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 Somebody else is going to have to defend CEO pay, but corporate share buybacks never caused me much heartburn. Star Tribune, 22 May 2021 Even Californians are feeling that familiar pump-price heartburn — but for different reasons, fuel experts said. Nancy Rivera Brooks, Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2021 But its open-ended language has created bipartisan heartburn. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, 27 Apr. 2021 Fish oil supplements can cause mild side effects such as burping, bad breath, heartburn and nausea, but taking them with food or freezing them can help alleviate these effects. Bryony Gilbey, chicagotribune.com, 11 Apr. 2021 Despite the heartburn from his disappearing windfall, Mr. Greenberg remains enthusiastic about NFTs. New York Times, 25 Apr. 2021 And a few cream sodas to calm the inevitable heartburn. BostonGlobe.com, 20 Apr. 2021 Ferguson describes his lifelong adoration of chilies, despite suffering from heartburn. Mark Kennedy, Star Tribune, 9 Mar. 2021 An employee in the 2700 block of Pfingsten Road reported Dec. 4 that two people entered the store and stole numerous boxes of allergy medication, heartburn medication, vitamins and cosmetic products. Kaitlin Edquist, chicagotribune.com, 14 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of heartburn

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Heartburn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heartburn. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of heartburn

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


heart·​burn | \ -ˌbərn How to pronounce heartburn (audio) \

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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Nglish: Translation of heartburn for Spanish Speakers

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