Why do we hiccup?

Even as all through the meetings or lectures, if someone is speaking and you do hiccup. ,everyone looks at you and for a couple of minutes, they get distracted due to non-stop sound escape from the mouth with none idea.

The first-time expression gets funny and if it doesn’t stop it embarrassed you. Water or sugar intake helps you at that time. However, I do not understand what mechanism occurred behind? Let’s understand why do we hiccup?

What is a Latin phrase for hiccup?

Late in a word for the hiccup is “singultus“.


What Is Hiccup?

Hiccup is a burst of inspiratory activity and it is repetitive. It is caused by the involuntary contradiction of diaphragm muscle. Contradiction causes local cords to close and that produces the sound of a hiccup. Muscles separate the chest from the abdomen.

Why Do We Hiccup?

When human breaths in, they use intercostal muscles and the diaphragm.

The diaphragm is a dome-shaped sheet of muscle below the lungs used to inhale the air.

When we hiccup, the diaphragm pulls down and contracts and drawing in the air between the breath. The closure of vocal cords called glottis prevents it from entering the windpipe and reaching to lungs.

When diaphragm contracts, lungs, take in oxygen and when the diaphragm relaxes, lungs release carbon dioxide.

What Causes Of  Hiccup?

There are numerous reasons for our hiccup. Simply look at them one by one.

  • Excessive eating and too fast:

The stomach vacated below the diaphragm gets irritated and it is responsible for diaphragm contract, it does when we breathe in.

  • Emotionally stressed:

Disturbance inside the nerve pathway.

  • Feeling nervous or excited
  • Too much alcohol consumption
  • Swallowing air while sucking or chewing
  • Suddenly change temperature 

Remedies To Stop Hiccup

  • Drink a glass of water.
  • Hold your breath for short time with proper instructions of doctors
  • Consume sugar or sweet
  • Breath into a paper bag properly. Do not out it over the head
  • Bite on a lemon


In short, the hiccup is common. Hiccup is poorly understood by people. It is always better to understand the mechanisms you meet normal life. We need to take the necessary steps for it.

Hic,” it is a hiccup sound!!!

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