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crick1

[krik]
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noun
  1. a sharp, painful spasm of the muscles, as of the neck or back.
verb (used with object)
  1. to give a crick or wrench to (the neck, back, etc.).

Origin of crick1

1400–50; late Middle English crikke, perhaps akin to crick2

crick2

[krik]
noun Northern, North Midland, and Western U.S.
  1. creek(def 1).

Crick

[krik]
noun
  1. Francis Harry Compton,1916–2004, English biophysicist: Nobel Prize in Medicine 1962.
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British Dictionary definitions for crick

crick1

noun
  1. a painful muscle spasm or cramp, esp in the neck or back
verb
  1. (tr) to cause a crick in (the neck, back, etc)

Word Origin

C15: of uncertain origin

crick2

noun
  1. US and Canadian a dialect word for creek (def. 2)

Crick

noun
  1. Francis Harry Compton. 1916–2004, English molecular biologist: helped to discover the helical structure of DNA; Nobel prize for physiology or medicine shared with James Watson and Maurice Wilkins 1962
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for crick

n.

early 15c., of uncertain origin; OED says "probably onomatopœic."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

crick in Medicine

crick

([object Object])
n.
  1. A painful cramp or muscle spasm, as in the back or neck.
v.
  1. To cause a painful cramp or muscle spasm in by turning or wrenching.

Crick

([object Object])
  1. British biologist who with James D. Watson proposed a spiral model, the double helix, for the molecular structure of DNA. He shared a 1962 Nobel Prize for advances in the study of genetics.
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crick in Science

Crick

[krĭk]
See Note at Rosalind Franklin.
  1. British biologist who with James D. Watson identified the structure of DNA in 1953. By analyzing the patterns cast by x-rays striking DNA molecules, they found that DNA has the structure of a double helix, consisting of two spirals linked together at the base, forming ladderlike rungs. For this work they shared the 1962 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine with Maurice Wilkins.
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