in·​di·​ges·​tion | \ˌin-(ˌ)dī-ˈjes-chən, -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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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 The Europeans who encountered indigenous people in Mexico in the 1500s noted that chocolate was used to treat numerous ailments ranging from dysentery and indigestion, to fatigue and dyspepsia. Jeffrey Miller, Smithsonian, "Let Us Tell You S’more About America’s Favorite Campfire Treat," 29 June 2018 But for those with digestive issues, heart burn and indigestion can be a game-day spoiler. Sonaly Patel, Md,, "Tailgating for the Eagles game? Use these tips to avoid heart burn horrors," 19 Jan. 2018 The rest of those 226,000 steps are pure persistence, through blisters, foot and leg pain, chafing, indigestion, fatigue, sleep deprivation, and sometimes mild hallucinations. Brendan Leonard, Outside Online, "Advice for Leading a Successful Outdoor Life," 12 June 2018 The 69-year-old man was admitted to a hospital in Denmark in 2016 after three days of indigestion and nausea. Mark Lieber, CNN, "Patient remains awake for 90 minutes of CPR, doctor says," 4 June 2018 The most common side effects were uncontrolled movements of the body and face, muscle stiffness, vomiting, indigestion, sleepiness and restlessness. People Staff,, "FULL EPISODE | People Now Monday April 16, 2018," 16 Apr. 2018 This was a significant movement on a fault in the rock rather than some minor volcanic indigestion, but it was still related to the movement of magma through the complex plumbing beneath the volcano. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Here’s what’s going on with Hawaii’s erupting volcano," 11 May 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, -də-\

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 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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