indigestion

noun

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

Example Sentences

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of indigestion was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Indigestion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/indigestion. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

indigestion

noun

in·​di·​ges·​tion ˌin-dī-ˈjes-chən How to pronounce indigestion (audio)
-də-
1
: inability to digest or difficulty in digesting something
2
: a case or attack of indigestion marked especially by a burning or uncomfortable feeling in the upper stomach

Medical Definition

indigestion

noun

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