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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a headache/indigestion etc tablet
▪ Do you want a headache tablet?
▪ Eat smaller meals and try soda mints or indigestion tablets.
▪ Before it is through, Pound's centenary year will bring on indigestion in even the most devoted Poundians.
▪ Bills for gambling debts are stuffed beneath an overflowing chamber-pot and the Prince is surrounded by medications for indigestion and the pox.
▪ His misgivings seemed to cause him indigestion.
▪ Now we get rocks when we have indigestion or a sprained wrist.
▪ They are believed to cure indigestion.
▪ Warning: Consumers over the age of 16 are likely to experience severe indigestion, heartburn, regret and loose stools.
▪ Warning: Eaten in sufficient amounts, this product ensures bad breath, probable indigestion and pungent, loose stools.
▪ When Wall Street has indigestion, the world's market economies are checked out for coronaries.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Indigestion \In`di*ges"tion\ (?; 106), n. [L. indigestio: cf. F. indigestion. See In- not, and Digest.] 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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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


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


n. a disorder of digestive function characterized by discomfort or heartburn or nausea [syn: dyspepsia, stomach upset, upset stomach]


Indigestion, also known as dyspepsia, is a condition of impaired digestion. Symptoms may include upper abdominal fullness, heartburn, nausea, belching, or upper abdominal pain. People may also experience feeling full earlier than expected when eating. Dyspepsia is a common problem and is frequently caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or gastritis. In a small minority it may be the first symptom of peptic ulcer disease (an ulcer of the stomach or duodenum) and occasionally cancer. Hence, unexplained newly onset dyspepsia in people over 55 or the presence of other alarming symptoms may require further investigations.

Functional indigestion (previously called nonulcer dyspepsia) is indigestion "without evidence of an organic disease that is likely to explain the symptoms". Functional indigestion is estimated to affect about 15% of the general population in western countries.

Usage examples of "indigestion".

The idea that his stomach could again know peace evidently shocked and distressed him, and as they all waded together through the sand, pioneered by the glorified Batouch, Domini was obliged to yield to his emphatic despair, and to join with him in his appreciation of the perpetual indigestion which set him apart from the rest of the world like some God within a shrine.

The symptoms were prostration, sleeplessness, exhaustion, over-fatigue from mental trouble, overstudy and anxiety, indigestion, dyspepsia, constipation, headache, inability to concentrate the mind, general lassitude, melancholia, backache and pains from the top of my head to the sole of my feet.

Morton for not having gone to see the dentist and threatening him with gumboils, pyorrhoea, septic poisoning, indigestion and a complete set of false teeth if he persisted in behaving like a baby.

I returned to Vienna with such a severe indigestion that in twenty-four hours I was at the point of death.

If it had not been for the culinary skill of Noel the cook, the famous Atheist physician Lametrie would not have died of indigestion, for the pie he succeeded in eating in his extremity was made by Noel.

In the end neither the pickle barrel nor the Steinway yielded up half a million but the total counting proved to be four hundred twenty-one thousand and nine dollars and was enough, said Alfie, to give him indigestion for months.

Seven brown prescription bottles for the treatment of everything from T A 0 A G indigestion to arrhythmia to insomnia to pain.

She had suffered from canker, indigestion, and diarrhoea for a year previous to her delivery.

When Christian Science found him, he had in stock the following claims: Indigestion, Rheumatism, Catarrh, Chalky deposits in Shoulder joints, Arm joints, Hand joints, Atrophy of the muscles of Arms, Shoulders, Stiffness of all those joints, Insomnia, Excruciating pains most of the time.

My indigestion reminded me of a witty saying of a man who was not much in the habit of uttering many of them.

Two summers ago Drey and Rory Gleet had returned from a ten-day hunting trip to the balds doubled up with cramps and indigestion.

Its fetid breath was repulsive, reeking of dead burnt flesh and curdled milk and rancid onions—as though, in another life, it had eaten hundreds of cheeseburgers and had been plagued with indigestion even in Hell.

She decided to sit next to Rakell during antis to see if she could give the administrator a bad case of indigestion.

The treatment of those confined is, as far as respects their food, very good: great care is taken that the nourishment is of that nature that the prisoners may not suffer from the indigestion arising from want of exercise.

It is used much on the Continent for indigestion, general debility and chronic bronchitis.