[ tik ]
/ tɪk /
- a sudden, spasmodic, painless, involuntary muscular contraction, as of the face.
- tic douloureux.
a persistent or recurrent behavioral trait; personal quirk: her distinctive verbal tics.
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Origin of tic
First recorded in 1790–1800; from French (of expressive origin)
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH tictic , tick.
Definition for tic (2 of 2)
a suffix, equivalent in meaning to -ic, occurring in adjectives of Greek origin (analytic), used especially in the formation of adjectives from nouns with stems in -sis: hematotic; neurotic.
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British Dictionary definitions for tic
/ (tɪk) /
spasmodic twitching of a particular group of muscles
See tic douloureux
Word Origin for tic
C19: from French, of uncertain origin; compare Italian ticche
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Medical definitions for tic
[ tĭk ]
A habitual spasmodic muscular movement or contraction, usually of the face or extremities.habit spasm
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