American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Disturbed digestion; indigestion.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Impaired power of digestion. The term is applied with a certain freedom to all forms of gastric derangement, whether involving impaired power of digestion or not. But it is usually discarded when some more definite diagnosis can be made, as gastric cancer, gastric ulcer, gastritis, gastrectasia, or when it depends on poisonous ingesta or appears as a feature of some other disease especially if that is acute. Functional dyspepsia, also called
atonicand nervous dyspepsia, is gastric derangement, not exclusively neuralgic, which may involve a diminished or an excessive secretion of the gastric juice, or diminished or excessive acidity in that secretion, or an irritability of the stomach-walls or an impairment of their motor functions, and which appears to depend on some defect in the innervation of the stomach, and not on some grosser lesion.
- n. pathology A generic term for mild disorders of digestion, characterised by stomach pain, discomfort, heartburn and nausea, often following a meal.
GNU Webster's 1913
- (Med.) A kind of indigestion; a state of the stomach in which its functions are disturbed, without the presence of other diseases, or, if others are present, they are of minor importance. Its symptoms are loss of appetite, nausea, heartburn, acrid or fetid eructations, a sense of weight or fullness in the stomach, etc.
- n. a disorder of digestive function characterized by discomfort or heartburn or nausea
- From dys- + pepsin + -ia (Wiktionary)
- Latin, from Greek duspepsiā : dus-, dys- + -pepsiā, digestion. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Hence, although the meaning of dyspepsia must be restricted, as its derivations demand; the term, digestion, bears a much more extensive signification than it generally receives, and any error in its process may be properly denominated indigestion; however, Mr. Halsted regards the term dyspepsia as equivalent to indigestion, and we may, for once, adopt the same phraseology.”
“He had what they call dyspepsia, which I-- I guess means an upset stomach and heartburn, constantly sleep deprived, constipated.”
“Long has he promised to try the breezes of the plains for what he calls dyspepsia, and the artist calls”
“About 20 percent of people in the U.S. suffer at least once a week from symptoms of acid reflux, or heartburn (also known as dyspepsia, indigestion, sour stomach, or agita), and another 20 percent have it less frequently.”
“About 20 percent of people in the U.S. suffer at least once a week from symptoms of acid reflux, or heartburn also known as dyspepsia, indigestion, sour stomach, or agita, and another 20 percent have it less frequently.”
“His dyspepsia is the most important issue of the world with him, and he”
“It is now very well known that a great many cases of so-called dyspepsia are really due to over-solicitude about food and the elimination from the diet of so many articles supposed to be indigestible that the patient's nutrition is seriously interfered with.”
“Where do you encounter the unhappy male creature who has been told that the only cure for his dyspepsia is to be a Rebecca at the Well and drink a gallon of water before each meal and then go without the meal, thus compelling him to double in both roles and first be Rebecca and then be the Well?”
“Discovery, four bottles of Dr. Pierce's Favorite Prescription, and about half-a-dozen packages of his "Pellets," I am convinced that I am thoroughly cured of that dread disease, known as dyspepsia, and other troublesome complaints.”
“Thus there is engendered, a permanent disorder which, for politeness 'sake, is called dyspepsia, and for which different remedies are often sought but never found.”
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