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dys·​pep·​tic -ˈpep-tik How to pronounce dyspeptic (audio)
: relating to or suffering from pain caused by digestive problems : having or relating to dyspepsia
dyspeptic symptoms
dyspeptic patients
dyspeptically adverb


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: a person having dyspepsia

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Dyspepsia comes from the Greek word for "bad digestion". Interestingly, the Greek verb pessein can mean either "to cook" or "to digest;" bad cooking has been responsible for a lot of dyspepsia. Dyspepsia can be caused by many diseases, but dyspeptic individuals are often the victims of their own habits and appetites. Worry, overeating, inadequate chewing, and excessive smoking and drinking can all bring on dyspepsia. Today we generally use dyspeptic to mean "irritable"—that is, in the kind of mood that could be produced by bad digestion.

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“Dyspeptic.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/dyspeptic. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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