[ dis-pep-shuh, -see-uh ]
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  1. deranged or impaired digestion; indigestion (opposed to eupepsia).

Origin of dyspepsia

1650–60; <Latin <Greek dyspepsía, equivalent to dys-dys- + péps(is) digestion + -ia-ia
  • Also dys·pep·sy [dis-pep-see]. /dɪsˈpɛp si/.

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How to use dyspepsia in a sentence

  • The dyspepsia is right, but some of the particulars are off.

    On the Peninsula | Bryan Curtis | April 25, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Sometimes that dyspepsia took him bad, and when he had one of those spells he'd light out into poetry scandalous.

    The Belted Seas | Arthur Colton
  • In winter he is employed keepin' th' cattle fr'm sufferin' his own fate an' writin' testymonyals iv dyspepsia cures.

    Mr. Dooley Says | Finley Dunne
  • The singular truth was that they were, one and all, suffering from the pangs of dyspepsia.

  • Undoubtedly much of the distress known as dyspepsia is due to too hasty meals with consequent lack of proper mastication of food.

    A Civic Biology | George William Hunter

British Dictionary definitions for dyspepsia


dyspepsy (dɪsˈpɛpsɪ)

/ (dɪsˈpɛpsɪə) /

  1. indigestion or upset stomach

Origin of dyspepsia

C18: from Latin, from Greek duspepsia, from dys- + pepsis digestion

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Scientific definitions for dyspepsia


[ dĭs-pĕpshə, -sē-ə ]

  1. Difficulty in digesting food; indigestion.

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