- a sudden, spasmodic, painless, involuntary muscular contraction, as of the face.
- tic douloureux.
- tibial nerve,
- tic douloureux,
- ticarcillin disodium,
Origin of tic
Origin of -tic
Examples from the Web for tic
He was asked if he worried that a tic might someday cause him to drop a ball.Why Tourette’s May Be Tim Howard’s Secret Weapon on the Field|Michael Daly|July 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In 2013, Der Spiegel pressed him on his condition: Der Spiegel: Has a ball ever slipped out of your hands because of a tic?
Elsewhere on this website, Andrew Sullivan has brilliantly designated these convolutions as a “tic of his generation.”Stephen Schiff: My (Relatively Small) Crime Against Gore Vidal|Stephen Schiff|August 2, 2012|DAILY BEAST
I nervously said something about her shirt being off, and she laughed, and we switched the game to Tic Tac Toe.
I suppose it is characteristic of people who tic to be fickle and vacillating.
The localisation of the motor reaction in cases of tic is essentially physiological.
With the candidate for tic things pass in quite a different fashion.
In these cases the condition is undoubtedly one of painful facial spasm, inaccurately and unfortunately styled "tic douloureux."
In contradistinction to a pure reflex, a tic is a complex or associated act.
Word Origin for tic
twitching of a facial muscle, 1822, often a shortening of tic douloureux "severe facial neuralgia," literally "painful twitch" (1800), from French tic "a twitching disease of horses" (early 17c.), of unknown origin. Klein suggests an imitative origin; French etymologists compare it to Italian ticchio "whim, caprice."