tic douloureux

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

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
Also called facial neuralgia, trifacial neuralgia, trigeminal neuralgia.
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British Dictionary definitions for facial neuralgia

tic douloureux

/ (ˈtɪk ˌduːləˈruː) /

noun

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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Word Origin and History for facial neuralgia

tic douloureux


n.

1800, French, literally "painful twitching;" see tic.

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Medicine definitions for facial neuralgia

tic douloureux

[ dōō′lə-rōō ]

n.

trigeminal neuralgia
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