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

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The patient complained of indigestion and nausea. I like spicy foods but they always give me indigestion.
Recent Examples on the Web The ancient Greeks, on the other hand, were quick to notice lavender’s medicinal properties, using it to ease ailments including headaches and indigestion. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, "5 Facts About Lavender That Will Make You Love this Fragrant Herb Even More," 10 July 2020 They're known to slow bleeding, relieve indigestion, and soothe coughs. Claire Harmeyer, Better Homes & Gardens, "5 Fascinating Facts About Daisies You Probably Didn't Know," 2 July 2020 Other conditions that can sometimes cause a metallic taste: pregnancy, indigestion, cancer treatment, antibiotics, and gum disease. Elizabeth Gulino,, "Taste Something Metallic? It May Be A Symptom Of Coronavirus," 30 Apr. 2020 Stress causes your body to produce high levels of the hormone cortisol which, in turn, contributes to elevated blood sugar, internal inflammation, indigestion and weight gain. David Buice, Dallas News, "Baylor Scott & White Health pioneers innovative ways to combat mental health issues," 17 Oct. 2019 These include heartburn, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, extreme fatigue, and pain in the back, arms, neck, throat, or jaw. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Here’s Why Heart Attack Symptoms Can Be So Hard to Spot in Women," 14 Feb. 2020 Whatever eats my ex’s roach will probably get indigestion. Jon Haworth, ABC News, "Happy Valentine's Day? Zoo lets you name cockroach after your ex, feed it to animal on Valentine's Day," 10 Feb. 2020 For those allergic, exposure to peanuts can result in symptoms like cramping, indigestion, hives, swelling and even fainting or dizziness. Leah Asmelash, Jen Christensen And Nadia Kounang, CNN, "FDA approves first drug to treat peanut allergies in children," 31 Jan. 2020 In an era in which family holiday dinners are as likely to fracture over politics as over the preferred stuffing for the turkey, along comes this down-to-earth, thoughtful handbook for discussing tricky topics without getting indigestion. oregonlive, "6 book gift ideas for your favorite readers," 25 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of indigestion

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Indigestion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of indigestion

: discomfort caused by slow or painful digestion


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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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