spasmodic tic
Tic Tic, n. [F.] (Med.) A local and habitual convulsive motion of certain muscles; especially, such a motion of some of the muscles of the face; twitching; velication; -- called also {spasmodic tic}. --Dunglison. [1913 Webster]

{Tic douloureux}. [F., fr. tic a knack, a twitching + douloureux painful.] (Med.) Neuralgia in the face; face ague. See under {Face}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Tic — Tic, n. [F.] (Med.) A local and habitual convulsive motion of certain muscles; especially, such a motion of some of the muscles of the face; twitching; velication; called also {spasmodic tic}. Dunglison. [1913 Webster] {Tic douloureux}. [F., fr.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tic douloureux — Tic Tic, n. [F.] (Med.) A local and habitual convulsive motion of certain muscles; especially, such a motion of some of the muscles of the face; twitching; velication; called also {spasmodic tic}. Dunglison. [1913 Webster] {Tic douloureux}. [F.,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tic — [tik] n. [Fr < ?] 1. any involuntary, regularly repeated, spasmodic contraction of a muscle, generally of neurotic origin 2. short for TIC DOULOUREUX …   English World dictionary

  • Tic — A repetitive movement that is difficult, if not impossible, to control. Tics can affect any group of muscles. The most common are facial tics, such as eye blinking, nose twitching, or grimacing. Tics that affect the muscles used to produce speech …   Medical dictionary

  • tic — /tik/, n. 1. Pathol. a. a sudden, spasmodic, painless, involuntary muscular contraction, as of the face. b. See tic douloureux. 2. a persistent or recurrent behavioral trait; personal quirk: her distinctive verbal tics. [1790 1800; < F (of… …   Universalium

  • tic — noun Etymology: French Date: circa 1834 1. local and habitual spasmodic motion of particular muscles especially of the face ; twitching 2. a frequent usually unconscious quirk of behavior or speech < “you know” is a verbal tic > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tic — [[t]tɪk[/t]] n. 1) pat a) a sudden, spasmodic, painless, involuntary muscular contraction, as of the face b) tic douloureux 2) a persistent behavioral trait; personal quirk • Etymology: 1790–1800; < F (of expressive orig.) …   From formal English to slang

  • tic — n. a habitual spasmodic contraction of the muscles esp. of the face. Phrases and idioms: tic douloureux trigeminal neuralgia. Etymology: F f. It. ticchio: douloureux F, = painful …   Useful english dictionary

  • tic — noun a habitual spasmodic contraction of the muscles, most often in the face. Origin C19: from Fr., from Ital. ticchio …   English new terms dictionary

  • diaphragmatic tic — spasmodic twitching movements of the diaphragm …   Medical dictionary

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