hiccough

Definitions of hiccough
  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
    synonyms: hiccup, singultus
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    type of:
    inborn reflex, innate reflex, instinctive reflex, physiological reaction, reflex, reflex action, reflex response, unconditioned reflex
    an automatic instinctive unlearned reaction to a stimulus
    symptom
    (medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease
  2. verb
    breathe spasmodically, and make a sound
    synonyms: hiccup
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    type of:
    breathe, respire, suspire, take a breath
    draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs
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