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singultus

[sing-guhl-tuh s]
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noun, plural sin·gul·tus·es. Medicine/Medical.
  1. a hiccup.
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Also sin·gul·ta·tion [sing-guh l-tey-shuh n] /ˌsɪŋ gəlˈteɪ ʃən/.

Origin of singultus

1745–55; < Latin: sob, dying breath, hiccup
Related formssin·gul·tous, adjective
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singultushiccough

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British Dictionary definitions for singultus

singultus

noun
  1. a technical name for hiccup
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Word Origin

C18: from Latin, literally: a sob
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Word Origin and History for singultus

n.

Latin, "a sob; a speech broken by sobs."

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