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Hiccup

A hiccup is an involuntary contraction (myoclonic jerk) of the diaphragm that may repeat several times per minute. In Latin it is called singultus for the act of catching one's breath while sobbing. The hiccup is an involuntary action involving a reflex arc. Once triggered, the reflex causes a strong contraction of the diaphragm followed about 0.25 second later by closure of the vocal cords, which results in the classic "hic" sound.

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68 years is rough!

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Hiccups can last up to a few minutes to several months. Fact: you can cure them by pulling your tongue out or sticking your fingers in your ears. A spoonful of peanut butter works too.

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