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I just had a nasty hiccup attack, and I want to know if there's a synonym for this nasty phenomena.

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Hiccough. Diaphragm spasm fit. –  Andy May 23 at 19:24
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Being drunk in a cartoon. –  Andy May 23 at 19:24
    
Diaphragm spasm fit sounds brilliant, @Andy but is there a single word to describe this fit... (and, yeah, I can totally imagine that drunk scene with this diaphragm spasm fit, especially in Tom and Jerry) –  Calypto May 23 at 19:29
    
.@Calypto that's why I said it as a comment, not an answer :) –  Andy May 23 at 19:30
    
@Andy I think 'A spasmodic contraction of the diaphragm' is the full medical description. The worst-ev er attack lasted for 68 years. See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Osborne_(hiccups) –  WS2 May 23 at 20:23

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If you don't mind medical jargon, a singultus episode (pron. \siŋ-ˈgəl-təs\ ) is synonymous with the colloquial phrase hiccup attack.

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I guess I will have to do with this singultus since that's the concluding answer. But, frankly, the best synonym turned out to be a phrase by Andy - Diaphragm Spasm Fit. –  Calypto May 23 at 19:42

Singultus is the medical term for a bout of the hiccups.

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Yex:

To hiccough. [Written also yox, yux.] [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]

He yexeth and he speaketh through the nose. --Chaucer...."The excessive yex." --Holland.

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This is obsolete though. –  ermanen May 23 at 20:10
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You don't read Chaucer? ;-) –  Third News May 23 at 20:14
    
Great. @ThirdNews –  Calypto May 23 at 20:21

"Belching" would be a close to.

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Yeah, "periodical belching" could definitely be considered. –  Calypto May 24 at 13:49

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