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Definition of tic

noun
Pathology.
  1. a sudden, spasmodic, painless, involuntary muscular contraction, as of the face.
  2. tic douloureux.
a persistent or recurrent behavioral trait; personal quirk: her distinctive verbal tics.
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Origin of tic

First recorded in 1790–1800; from French (of expressive origin)

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH tic

tic , tick

Other definitions for tic (2 of 2)

-tic

a suffix, equivalent in meaning to -ic, occurring in adjectives of Greek origin (analytic), used especially in the formation of adjectives from nouns with stems in -sis: hematotic; neurotic.

Origin of -tic

<Greek -tikos, extracted from adjectives derived with -ikos-ic from agent nouns ending in -tēs;cf. hieratic
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British Dictionary definitions for tic

tic
/ (tɪk) /

noun pathol
spasmodic twitching of a particular group of muscles

Word Origin for tic

C19: from French, of uncertain origin; compare Italian ticche
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