[tik doo-luh-roo; French teek doo-loo-rœ]
- paroxysmal darting pain and muscular twitching in the face, evoked by rubbing certain points of the face.
Origin of tic douloureux
1790–1800; < French: literally, painful tic
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Examples from the Web for facial neuralgia
- a condition of momentary stabbing pain along the trigeminal nerveAlso called: trigeminal neuralgia
C19: from French, literally: painful tic
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Word Origin and History for facial neuralgia
1800, French, literally "painful twitching;" see tic.
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