from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Inability to digest or difficulty in digesting something, especially food.
  • n. Discomfort or illness resulting from this inability or difficulty.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A common medical condition most often caused by eating too quickly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Discomfort due to a lack of proper digestive action; a failure of the normal changes which food should undergo in the alimentary canal; dyspepsia; incomplete or difficult digestion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Want of digestion; incapability of or difficulty in digesting food; dyspepsia.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a disorder of digestive function characterized by discomfort or heartburn or nausea


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  • He ate slowly and little, for he had what he called indigestion, whatever that was.

    In Happy Valley

  • I am becoming morbid, and my old indigestion is hinting and muttering.


  • These creatures would feast on Mexican insects and have no more trouble than a slight case of indigestion from the effort.


  • He enjoys a good dinner, good wine, and ladies 'society, but just sufficiently to make his leisure hours pass pleasantly, without indigestion from the first, headaches from the second, or heartaches from the third.

    Life in Mexico, During a Residence of Two Years in That Country

  • In addition, when cows are force-fed grain instead of their natural food—grasses—they produce more methane in their digestive systems and suffer indigestion, which is treated with antibiotics.

    Kyoto Action Report : Here Come the Cows

  • She continued, It hath reached me, O auspicious King, that when the damsel said to the doctor, “‘The stomach is the house of disease and diet is the head of healing; for the origin of all sickness is indigestion, that is to say, corruption of the meat in the stomach;’” he rejoined, “Thou hast replied aright! what sayest thou of the Hammam?”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • ‘The stomach is the house of disease, and diet is the head of healing; for the origin of all sickness is indigestion, that is to say, corruption of the meat’ — And Shahrazad perceived the dawn of day and ceased to say her permitted say.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • DYSPEPSIA–Also called indigestion, this is an uncomfortable feeling of fullness and bloating after eating.

    The Most Complete Food Counter, 2nd Edition

  • If the indigestion is the result of a slower process, the stomach does not participate in the process.

    The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.) A Personal Guide to the New Science of Better Living and Better Babies

  • But, alas! the reminiscences of the nargus were less grateful than the fruition, and the remorse of the colonel's guilty stomach (as poor Theodore Hooke, or some one else, used to call indigestion) continued to afflict him all the way to Hurdwar; and may probably account, by the consequent irritation of his temper, for various squabbles in which he was involved on the route.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 55, No. 341, March, 1844


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