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[in-di-jes-chuh n, -dahy-] /ˌɪn dɪˈdʒɛs tʃən, -daɪ-/
uncomfortable inability or difficulty in digesting food; dyspepsia.
an instance or case of indigestion.
Origin of indigestion
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Late Latin indīgestiōn- (stem of indīgestiō). See in-2, digestion Unabridged
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Examples from the web for indigestion
  • Possible signs of gastric cancer include indigestion and stomach discomfort or pain.
  • Clearly suffering from a severe case of indigestion, it stayed there for hours, excreting wastes from all orifices.
  • Political wining and dining bring ethical indigestion.
  • So there will be a period of indigestion but no crisis.
  • Instead, they're fatigued, have indigestion or upper abdominal or jaw pain.
  • Often it seems to be acute indigestion, but there are other hints that it's lung cancer.
  • But if the storytelling induces brain cramp, the imagery brings on a bad case of acid indigestion.
  • Allergies or indigestion may be able to be controlled with medications by asking your healthcare provider.
  • Hormones and the pressure of the growing uterus cause indigestion and heartburn.
British Dictionary definitions for indigestion


difficulty in digesting food, accompanied by abdominal pain, heartburn, and belching Technical name dyspepsia
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Word Origin and History for indigestion

late 14c., from Old French indigestion (13c.), from Late Latin indigestionem (nominative indigestio), from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + digestionem (see digestion).

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indigestion in Medicine

indigestion in·di·ges·tion (ĭn'dĭ-jěs'chən, -dī-)

  1. The inability to digest or a difficulty in properly digesting food in the alimentary tract.

  2. Abdominal discomfort or illness resulting from this inability or difficulty.

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indigestion in Science
See dyspepsia.
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