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tic douloureux

[tik doo-luh-roo; French teek doo-loo-rœ]
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noun Pathology.
  1. paroxysmal darting pain and muscular twitching in the face, evoked by rubbing certain points of the face.
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Origin of tic douloureux

1790–1800; < French: literally, painful tic
Also called facial neuralgia, trifacial neuralgia, trigeminal neuralgia.
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Historical Examples

  • Whilst at Bijnore, I was seized with an attack of tic-douloureux, and suffered all its extreme agonies.

    Wanderings in India

    John Lang

  • We had heard a great deal of his curing a blacksmith of tic-douloureux by mesmerizing him.

British Dictionary definitions for facial neuralgia

tic douloureux

  1. a condition of momentary stabbing pain along the trigeminal nerveAlso called: trigeminal neuralgia
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Word Origin

C19: from French, literally: painful tic
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Word Origin and History for facial neuralgia

tic douloureux


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

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facial neuralgia in Medicine

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