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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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 And functional dyspepsia, which affects the stomach and is otherwise known as indigestion, affects nearly 32% of the population, according to a 2004 study published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "Why Am I Always Bloated?," 29 Oct. 2018 Sales of beverages containing aloe vera and turmeric, which claim to ward off indigestion and inflammation, are already declining after several years of explosive growth. Patrick Mcgroarty, WSJ, "Dull Skin? Restless Sleep? There’s a Drink for That," 28 Aug. 2018 For some susceptible people, this means that large portions of such foods will spend a prolonged time being churned around in the stomach, provoking acid indigestion and upper stomach bloating. SELF, "Why This Registered Dietitian Tells (Some of) Her Patients to Avoid Kale Salads," 30 Nov. 2018 Everyone has certain foods that just don’t sit right with them, or that cause not-so-desirable symptoms like indigestion, bloating, or cramping. Korin Miller, SELF, "4 Signs You Might Be Allergic to Sugar," 24 Dec. 2018 The large amounts of hot dogs and soda, unsurprisingly, caused severe indigestion, and Ruth had to be rushed to hospital to seek medical help. 4. Fox News, "National Hot Dog Day: 5 celebs who love franks as much as you," 19 July 2017 The streamlined menu includes three 45-minute treatments: Prevent is customized to address everything from fatigue to indigestion; Heal targets aches and pains; and Glow serves up complexion-rejuvenating facial acupuncture. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Meet the New Acupuncture Studio That's as Easy (and Affordable) as a Blowout Bar," 6 Nov. 2018 This could further squeeze already tight margins, and that could cause plenty of indigestion. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "Where Rising Inflation Really Hurts," 12 July 2018

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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 esp. 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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