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hiccough


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hiccough  \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.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hiccough  \Hic"cough\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Hiccoughed};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Hiccoughing}.] 
  To  have  a  hiccough  or  hiccoughs. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  hiccough 
  n  1:  (usually  plural)  the  state  of  having  involuntary  spasms  of 
  the  diaphragm  accompanied  by  a  rapid  closure  of  the 
  glottis;  sometimes  a  symptom  of  indigestion;  "how  do  you 
  cure  the  hiccups?"  [syn:  {hiccup}] 
  2:  a  quick  reflex  inspiration  suddenly  checked  by  closure  of 
  the  glottis  producing  an  audible  sound  [syn:  {hiccup},  {singultus}] 
  v  :  breathe  spasmodically,  and  make  a  sound;  "When  you  have  to 
  hiccup,  drink  a  glass  of  cold  water"  [syn:  {hiccup}] 




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