tic douloureux

[tik doo-luh-roo; French teek doo-loo-rœ]

noun Pathology.

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

Nearby words

  1. tibiofibular,
  2. tibiotarsus,
  3. tibullus,
  4. tibur,
  5. tic,
  6. tic-tac-toe,
  7. tical,
  8. ticarcillin disodium,
  9. tichy,
  10. ticino

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


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


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

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Medicine definitions for facial neuralgia

tic douloureux



trigeminal neuralgia

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