[dis-pep-shuh, -see-uh]


deranged or impaired digestion; indigestion (opposed to eupepsia).

Also dys·pep·sy [dis-pep-see] /dɪsˈpɛp si/.

Origin of dyspepsia

1650–60; < Latin < Greek dyspepsía, equivalent to dys- dys- + péps(is) digestion + -ia -ia
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Contemporary Examples of dyspepsia

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

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    Bryan Curtis

    April 25, 2011

Historical Examples of dyspepsia

British Dictionary definitions for dyspepsia


dyspepsy (dɪsˈpɛpsɪ)


indigestion or upset stomach

Word Origin for dyspepsia

C18: from Latin, from Greek duspepsia, from dys- + pepsis digestion
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Word Origin and History for dyspepsia

1706, from Late Latin dyspepsia or a back-formation from dyspeptic (q.v.). Its opposite is eupepsia.

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dyspepsia in Medicine


[dĭs-pĕpshə, -sē-ə]


Disturbed digestion; indigestion.
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dyspepsia in Science


[dĭs-pĕpshə, -sē-ə]

Difficulty in digesting food; indigestion.
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