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hickup


hickup


  2  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]: 
 
  Hickup  \Hick"up\,  n.  &  v.  i. 
  See  {Hiccough}.