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.
Recent Examples on the Web So myocarditis or pericarditis shouldn’t be like a mild case of indigestion. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 13 June 2021 Symptoms may include hives, nausea, indigestion, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, throat tightness, and respiratory symptoms like shortness of breath, cough, or wheezing. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 3 June 2021 And countless right-wingers took to Twitter to post giant, overcooked slabs of meat that would soon be giving them indigestion—all to own the libs. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 27 Apr. 2021 Jesaja Brinkmann, who attended the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, cofounded Cara Care to serve as the mobile app destination to manage gut health, including irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease and indigestion. Alexandra Sternlicht, Forbes, 8 Apr. 2021 Originally, in 1845, it was created as medicine, supposedly alleviating everything from nervous indigestion to cholera. Jason O'bryan, Robb Report, 18 Mar. 2021 The bond market wants more interest for its risk of inflation or its indigestion on too much supply, the central bank simply buys bonds from the market driving up the price and driving down the interest rate. Clem Chambers, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2021 Relieves indigestion from changing opinions about authority figures. Bob Morris, The New Yorker, 17 Mar. 2021 So, the right-hander who causes indecision and very likely indigestion has been left to his own dynamic devices. San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Mar. 2021

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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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