- When you eat too fast
- When you eat too much food
- Consuming foods and drinks that are either too hot or too cold
- Drinking soda and other carbonated beverages
- Too much alcohol
- Chain smoking
- Sudden excitement
- Cold showers
- Entering or leaving a cold or hot room
- Irritation or damage of the phrenic nerves which begin in the C3, C4 and C5 vertebrae (in the neck part of your spine) and serve the diaphragm muscle.
- Infection, tumor or damage in the central nervous system such as meningitis, traumatic brain injury, stroke, encephalitis and multiple sclerosis.
- Steroids, barbiturates, tranquilizers, anesthesia, diabetes, kidney failure, electrolyte imbalance, and alcoholism can all lead to prolonged hiccups.
- Drink two glasses of water
- Hold your breath for 40 seconds
- Breathe into a paper bag
- Consume a pinch of sugar
- Put an ice cube in your mouth
- Breath fast and wait for a few minutes
The definition of a hiccup is an involuntary spasm of the diaphragm along with a rapid closure of the glottis that causes you to make an audible sound.
Causes of Hiccups
Causes of Hiccups Over 48 Hours
Getting Rid of Hiccups
When you drink too much soda and your diaphragm spasms and you make a gasp-like sound, this is an example of a hiccup.
- a sudden, involuntary contraction of the diaphragm when it begins to allow air into the lungs only to have the glottis suddenly close, producing an abrupt sound
- [pl., sometimes with sing. v.] a condition characterized by repeated contractions of this kind
- Informal a difficulty, problem, or setback, usually a minor one; hitch (noun)
Origin of hiccupaltered from Early Modern English hikop, hickock, hicket, of echoic origin, originally (as also in Middle Dutch huckup)
intransitive verb-·cuped· or -·cupped·, -·cup·ing or -·cup·ping
Origin of hiccupfrom assoc. with coughhic′cough·
- a. A spasm of the diaphragm resulting in a rapid, involuntary inhalation that is stopped by the sudden closure of the glottis and accompanied by a sharp, distinctive sound.b. hiccups also hiccoughs An attack of these spasms. Often used with the.
- The sound made by such a spasm or a sound resembling it: “the urgent hiccup of a police siren” ( John Updike )
- A usually minor setback, impediment, or difficulty; a hitch: “As long as the Fed remains fearful to act lest it be blamed for any economic hiccup, market uncertainty will continue” ( Kevin Brady )
intransitive verbhic·cupped, hic·cup·ping, hic·cups, also hic·coughed hic·cough·ing hic·coughs
- To make a hiccup or a sound like a hiccup.
- To have an attack of hiccups.
Origin of hiccupImitative
(third-person singular simple present hiccups, present participle hiccuping or hiccupping, simple past and past participle hiccuped or hiccupped)
- To have the hiccups.