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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Definitions for singultus

  1. Medicine/Medical. a hiccup.

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Citations for singultus
He waited for her to calm down, then spoke. "Madam, the boy has singultus--hiccups in layman's terms. Christopher Meades, The Last Hiccup, 2012
Hiccups, more officially referred to as singultus, (from Latin--to catch your breath while sobbing) are repeated, spasmodic contractions of the diaphragm causing quick inhalation. Lisa Sanders, M.D., "Think Like a Doctor: A Case of Hiccups," New York Times, September 12, 2011
Origin of singultus
1745-1755
Singultus comes from the Latin word of the same spelling meaning "a sob" or "speech interrupted by sobs." It entered English in the mid-1700s.
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