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  • n. The medical name for hiccups.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Hiccough.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A hiccup.

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

  • n. (usually plural) the state of having reflex spasms of the diaphragm accompanied by a rapid closure of the glottis producing an audible sound; sometimes a symptom of indigestion

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Examples

  • Hiccups, more officially referred to as singultus from the Latin, to catch your breath while sobbing, are repeated, spasmodic contractions of the diaphragm causing a quick inhalation that is then cut short by an involuntary closing of the glottis.

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  • Hiccups, more officially referred to as singultus, from Latin - to catch your breath while sobbing are repeated, spasmodic contractions of the diaphragm causing a quick inhalation, which is then cut short by an involuntary closing of the glottis.

    NYT > Home Page

  • "singultus," the rarely used medical term for "hiccups," but singultus would make a great title for the next Sigur Ros album (lowercase, natch, in a Druidic font).

    Merry Swankster

  • And if you reduce them, convulsions usually supervene; and, if not reduced, acute bilious fevers come on, with singultus and mortification.

    On Fractures

  • In fever attended with singultus, give asafoetida, oxymel, and carrot, triturated together, in a draught; or galbanum in honey, and cumin in a linctus, or the juice of ptisan.

    On Regimen In Acute Diseases

  • Ex alto despicientes aliqui prae timore contremiscunt, caligant, infirmantur; sic singultus, febres, morbi comitiales quandoque sequuntur, quandoque recedunt.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • The Ephemerides mentions a person in whom coitus habitually caused vomiting, and another in whom excessive sexual indulgence provoked singultus.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

  • No evacuation of the bowels had taken place for over two weeks, and as the patient suffered from singultus and constant pain over the epigastric region, a light cathartic was given, which, in twenty-four hours, gave relief.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

  • A half ounce has frequently caused death; smaller quantities have been followed by distressing symptoms, such as intoxication (which Olshausen has noticed to follow irrigation of the uterus), delirium, singultus, nausea, rigors, cephalalgia, tinnitus aurium, and anasarca.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

  • Parker 15.180 reports four rebellious cases of singultus successfully treated by dry cups applied to the abdomen.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

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  • Lol, that definition is like a surreal sculpture of old bicycles welded together and painted tangerine.

    June 1, 2009

  • Weirdnet might have mentioned hiccup.

    December 2, 2007