tic douloureux

[ tik doo-luh-roo; French teek doo-loo-rœ ]
/ ˈtɪk ˌdu ləˈru; French tik du luˈrœ /

noun Pathology.

paroxysmal darting pain and muscular twitching in the face, evoked by rubbing certain points of the face.

Words nearby tic douloureux

Origin of tic douloureux

1790–1800; < French: literally, painful tic
Also called facial neuralgia, trifacial neuralgia, trigeminal neuralgia.
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British Dictionary definitions for facial neuralgia

tic douloureux
/ (ˈtɪk ˌduːləˈruː) /


a condition of momentary stabbing pain along the trigeminal nerveAlso called: trigeminal neuralgia

Word Origin for tic douloureux

C19: from French, literally: painful tic
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Medical definitions for facial neuralgia

tic douloureux
[ dōō′lə-rōō ]


trigeminal neuralgia
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