in·​di·​gest·​ible ˌin-(ˌ)dī-ˈje-stə-bəl How to pronounce indigestible (audio)
: not digestible : not easily digested
indigestible noun

Examples of indigestible in a Sentence

Their presentation was an indigestible mass of information.
Recent Examples on the Web Fiber is an indigestible nutrient that's concentrated in most plant foods. Jillian Kubala, Health, 10 July 2024 Ectodermal neurons control physiological functions such as moving toward food, while endodermal neurons are associated with feeding behavior such as opening the mouth—which also vomits out anything indigestible. Elizabeth Rayne, Ars Technica, 15 June 2024 Its working is explained below in detail: The formula works primarily by providing Prebiotics, or indigestible fibers, to the gut and replenishing probiotics. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 3 Apr. 2024 Even indigestible human trash finds its way into a scavenging bear’s diet and droppings, with potentially dire results. Steven Hill, Field & Stream, 29 Nov. 2023 As a nation, their food is heavy, coarse, ill prepared and indigestible. . . . Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 9 Oct. 2023 Additionally, McGowan said people should avoid fruits and vegetables with significant roughage — the indigestible portion of food. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 24 Aug. 2023 Cows can benefit from these products too, turning grasses that are indigestible to humans into high-quality milk protein. The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Apr. 2023 Prebiotics are a type of indigestible fiber that act as food for the gut bacteria living in your large intestines, helping to create a thriving gut microbiome. Christina Manian, Rdn, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Aug. 2023

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Word History


Middle English, from Late Latin indigestibilis, from Latin in- + Late Latin digestibilis digestible

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of indigestible was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Indigestible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


in·​di·​gest·​ible ˌin-dī-ˈjes-tə-bəl How to pronounce indigestible (audio)
: not digestible or easily digested

Medical Definition


in·​di·​gest·​ible ˌin-(ˌ)dī-ˈjes-tə-bəl, -də- How to pronounce indigestible (audio)
: not digestible : not easily digested
a diet with much indigestible fiber
indigestibility noun
plural indigestibilities

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