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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 '14 at 19:24
Being drunk in a cartoon. – Andy May 23 '14 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 '14 at 19:29
.@Calypto that's why I said it as a comment, not an answer :) – Andy May 23 '14 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 – WS2 May 23 '14 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 '14 at 19:42

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

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This is obsolete though.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

"Belching" would be a close to.

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Yeah, "periodical belching" could definitely be considered. – Calypto May 24 '14 at 13:49

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