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
- 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
Causes of Hiccups Over 48 Hours
- 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.
Getting Rid of 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
When you drink too much soda and your diaphragm spasms and you make a gasp-like sound, this is an example of a hiccup.
hiccup definition by Webster's New World
- 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
- a condition characterized by repeated contractions of this kind
- Chiefly Brit., Informal a difficulty, problem, or setback, usually a minor one; hitch ()
Origin: altered ; from Early Modern English hikop, hickock, hicket, of echoic origin, originally (as also in Middle Dutch huckup): variant, variety spelling, spelled from associated, association with cough
hiccup definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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).
- To make a hiccup or a sound like a hiccup.
- To have an attack of hiccups.
hiccup - Medical Definition
- hiccup, hicˈcough verb