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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
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.