in·​di·​ges·​tion | \ ˌin-(ˌ)dī-ˈjes-chən How to pronounce indigestion (audio) , -ˈjesh-\

Definition of indigestion

1 : inability to digest or difficulty in digesting something
2 : a case or attack of indigestion marked especially by a burning sensation or discomfort in the upper abdomen

Examples of indigestion in a Sentence

The patient complained of indigestion and nausea. I like spicy foods but they always give me indigestion.

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And sometimes, Barclay explains, carbon dioxide may emerge at the surface because a shallow magma pond is easing off some volcanic indigestion, with no eruption involved. Robin George Andrews, National Geographic, "Magma speed record set by Icelandic volcano," 23 July 2019 Lemon verbena makes a great tea that helps relieve indigestion and heartburn. Bibby Gignilliat, The Mercury News, "Quick Cook: How to make Lemon Verbena Ice Cream," 20 July 2019 For women, a heart attack could feel similar to indigestion—not pain in the chest. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "25 years of women being underrepresented in medical research, in charts," 3 July 2019 But what if, after a series of expensive medical tests, that squeezing in your chest turns out to be a bad case of indigestion and not a heart attack? Daniela Altimari,, "The Connecticut legislature approved a sweeping health insurance transparency measure. Here’s what it will do.," 22 June 2019 The triumph of the center-right Liberal-National Coalition government in Australia has caused plenty of verbal indigestion. Tom Switzer, WSJ, "Australia’s Left Loses an Election It Was Sure to Win," 19 May 2019 More of them exhibit symptoms like mine—shortness of breath; muscle weakness and fatigue; profuse, cold sweating; atypical chest pain (or arm, jaw and back pain) and indigestion. Robin Oliveira, WSJ, "‘I Had No Idea I Was Having a Heart Attack’: For Women, Cardiac Arrests Are Unseen Killers," 15 Feb. 2019 There were no signs of contractions, so my nurses believed my pain was just indigestion. Glamour, "Having a NICU Baby Is Its Own Trauma," 21 Mar. 2019 Big Tech’s hearty appetite has given other companies indigestion. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Big Tech’s Capital Bills Aren’t Always Telling," 29 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of indigestion

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of indigestion

: an unpleasant feeling (such as pain or a burning sensation) in your stomach or chest that is caused by difficulty in digesting food


in·​di·​ges·​tion | \ ˌin-dī-ˈjes-chən How to pronounce indigestion (audio) , -də-\

Kids Definition of indigestion

: discomfort caused by slow or painful digestion


in·​di·​ges·​tion | \ -jes(h)-chən How to pronounce indigestion (audio) \

Medical Definition of indigestion

1 : inability to digest or difficulty in digesting food : incomplete or imperfect digestion of food
2 : a case or attack of indigestion marked especially by pain, discomfort, or a burning sensation in the upper abdomen often accompanied by abdominal bloating, nausea, belching, flatulence, or uncomfortable fullness

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