or Tourette syndrome
[ too-rets ]
/ tʊˈrɛts /
a neurological disorder characterized by recurrent involuntary movements, including multiple neck jerks and sometimes vocal tics, as grunts, barks, or words, especially obscenities.
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Origin of Tourette's syndrome
after Georges Gilles de la Tourette (1857–1904), French neurologist, who described it in 1885
Also called Tourette's disease.
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British Dictionary definitions for tourette syndrome
/ (tʊəˈrɛt) /
a brain disorder characterized by involuntary outbursts of swearing, spitting, barking, etc, and sudden involuntary movementsAlso called: Gilles de la Tourette syndrome, Tourette's syndrome, Tourette's
Word Origin for Tourette syndrome
C20: named after Georges Gilles de la Tourette (1857–1904), French neurologist
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Medicine definitions for tourette syndrome
[ tu-rĕts′ ]
A severe neurological disorder characterized by multiple facial and other body tics, usually beginning in childhood or adolescence and often accompanied by grunts and compulsive utterances, as of interjections and obscenities.Gilles de la Tourette's disease
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Science definitions for tourette syndrome
Tourette syndrome (tu-rĕt′)
[ tu-rĕts′ ]
A neurological disorder characterized by multiple facial and other body tics, usually beginning in childhood or adolescence and often accompanied by grunts and compulsive utterances, such as interjections or obscenities. It is named for its discoverer, French neurologist Georges Gilles de la Tourette (1857-1904).
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