Search: dry heave
Why: It's a topic close to my heart / esophagus, because maybe I puked as recently as yesterday. In 6 Weird Signs That You're Way Too Stressed Out:
Dry-heaving (or retching, in medical terminology) is one way that stress can rear its ugly head, more often as a sign of anxiety.What! Surely not, no. It's much too onomatopoeic.
Answer: "Retching"! Get serious! Doctors be cray cray.
Retching is the reverse movement (peristalsis) of the stomach and esophagus without vomiting. Sometimes this is called the dry heaves.But maybe it is an onomatopoeia. It comes from
- Lithuanian imitative kregeti, "to grunt"
- German khrækijanan, "to clear one's throat"
- Old English hraca, "phlegm" - and hræcan "to cough up"
Source: eMedicineHealth, EtymOnline
The More You Know: I couldn't find medical terms for "throat clearing" or "lump in the throat." Maybe someday, science can come up with a solution. Ahem.