Definition of Hiccup

1. Noun. (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?"




2. Verb. Breathe spasmodically, and make a sound. "When you have to hiccup, drink a glass of cold water"
Exact synonyms: Hiccough
Generic synonyms: Breathe, Respire, Suspire, Take A Breath
Derivative terms: Hiccough

Definition of Hiccup

1. Noun. A spasm of the diaphragm, or the resulting sound. ¹

2. Noun. A minor setback. ¹

3. Verb. To have the hiccups. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Hiccup

1. to make a peculiar-sounding, spasmodic inhalation [v -CUPED, -CUPING, -CUPS or -CUPPED, -CUPPING, -CUPS]

Medical Definition of Hiccup

1. A diaphragmatic spasm causing a sudden inhalation which is interrupted by a spasmodic closure of the glottis, producing a noise. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hiccup

hibiscuses
hibonite
hibonites
hic
hic Rhodus, hic salta
hicatee
hicatees
hiccatee
hiccatees
hiccory
hiccough
hiccough nut
hiccoughed
hiccoughing
hiccoughs
hiccup (current term)
hiccup nut
hiccuped
hiccuping
hiccuplike
hiccupped
hiccupping
hiccups
hiccupy
hick
hickey
hickeys
hickie
hickies
hickish

Literary usage of Hiccup

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1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1870)
"A Spanish physician was seized, while convalescing from a gastric fever, with obstinate hiccup, which gave him no rest. For sixty hours, the patient was ..."

2. Domestic Medicine; Or, A Treatise on the Prevention and Cure of Diseases by by William Buchan (1798)
"... acute and malignant fevers, a hiccup is often the forerunner of death. When the hiccup proceeds from the ufc of aliment that is flatulent, ..."

3. The London Magazine by John Scott, John Taylor (1828)
"(hiccup) to one.' " The Major.—' Will you give me in the other fifty, captain ? ' " Hon. ... I don't (hiccup) rightly understand (hiccup) what you mean. ..."

4. The Retrospect of Medicine by William Braithwaite (1872)
"[The following admirable epitome of the treatment of hiccup was elicited by a letter of enquiry on the subject to the Editor of the Lancet. ..."

5. The Retrospect of Practical Medicine and Surgery: Being a Half-yearly edited by William Braithwaite, James Braithwaite, Edmond Fauriel Trevelyan (1872)
"ON THE TREATMENT OF INCESSANT hiccup. By Dr. JOHN ROBI, Chesterfield. [Thefollowing admirable epitome of the treatment of hiccup was elicited by a letter of ..."

6. Collected Papers by the Staff of Saint Mary's Hospital, Mayo Clinic by Saint Marys Hospital (Rochester, Minn.) (1922)
"PRELIMINARY REPORT* EDWARD C. ROSENOW The etiology of epidemic hiccup is quite obscure. Its occurrence at times in epidemic proportions suggests a microbic ..."

7. A Dictionary of Medicine: Including General Pathology, General Therapeutics by Richard Quain, Frederick Thomas Roberts, John Mitchell Bruce, Samuel Treat Armstrong (1894)
"hiccup, according to physiologists, is a sudden spasmodic descent of the diaphragm ... The assumption of a spasmodic closure of the glottis in hiccup seems ..."

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