- a hiccup.
Also sin·gul·ta·tion [sing-guh l-tey-shuh n] /ˌsɪŋ gəlˈteɪ ʃən/.
Origin of singultus
1745–55; < Latin: sob, dying breath, hiccup
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Examples from the Web for singultus
Hiccough (singultus) is a spasmodic affection of the diaphragm.
Another symptom referable to the pulmonary organs in cases of hepatic abscess is singultus, or hiccough.
Singultus is rarely present in genuine pymia, but frequently so in septicmia, and occasionally in septo-pymia.
Singultus is now present, and has been so during the last twenty-four hours.
- a technical name for hiccup
C18: from Latin, literally: a sob
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Word Origin and History for singultus
Latin, "a sob; a speech broken by sobs."
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