Definitions for: Hiccough

[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; "how do you cure the hiccups?"
[v] breathe spasmodically, and make a sound; "When you have to hiccup, drink a glass of cold water"

Webster (1913) Definition: Hic"cough (?; 277), n. [OE. hickup, hicket, hickock;
prob. of imitative origin; cf. D. & Dan. hik, Sw. hicka,
Armor. hak, hik, W. ig, F. hoquet.] (Physiol.)
A modified respiratory movement; a spasmodic inspiration,
consisting of a sudden contraction of the diaphragm,
accompanied with closure of the glottis, so that further
entrance of air is prevented, while the impulse of the column
of air entering and striking upon the closed glottis produces
a sound, or hiccough. [Written also hickup or hiccup.]

Hic"cough, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Hiccoughed; p. pr. &
vb. n. Hiccoughing.]
To have a hiccough or hiccoughs.

Synonyms: hiccup, hiccup, singultus

See Also: breathe, inborn reflex, innate reflex, instinctive reflex, physiological reaction, reflex, respire, suspire, symptom, take a breath, unconditioned reflex

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