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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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  • Grandfather Iden ate pig in every shape and form, that is, he mumbled the juice out of it, and never complained of indigestion.

    Amaryllis at the Fair Richard Jefferies
  • I assure you, my child, all low spirits come from indigestion.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • These complaints were the consequence of indigestion, brought on by writing for several hours together.

    The Death of Lord Nelson William Beatty
  • Even candy is responsible for thousands of cases of indigestion.

  • Decidedly, I must have had a bad attack of indigestion that night!

    The Thing from the Lake Eleanor M. Ingram
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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