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tic

 (tĭk)
n.
1. A repetitive, rapid, sudden muscular movement or vocalization, usually experienced as involuntary or semivoluntary.
2. A quirk or habit of behavior or language: common phrases that have become verbal tics.
intr.v. ticced, tic·cing, tics
To have a tic; produce tics: factors that affect the frequency of ticcing.

[French.]

tic

(tɪk)
n
(Pathology) spasmodic twitching of a particular group of muscles
[C19: from French, of uncertain origin; compare Italian ticche]

tic

(tɪk)

n.
1.
a. a sudden, spasmodic, painless, involuntary muscular contraction, as of the face.
2. a persistent behavioral trait; personal quirk.
[1790–1800; < French (of expressive orig.)]

-tic

a suffix, equivalent in meaning to -ic, occurring orig. in adjectives of Greek origin (analytic), and used esp. in the formation of adjectives from nouns ending in -sis: neurotic; systaltic.
[< Greek -tikos, extracted from adjs. derived with -ikos -ic from agent nouns ending in -tēs; compare athlete and athletic]

tic

The involuntary twitching of a muscle normally under voluntary control. Generally a sign of anxiety or insecurity, a tic begins as a deliberate movement that gradually becomes unconscious.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tic - a local and habitual twitching especially in the face
twitch, twitching, vellication - a sudden muscle spasm; especially one caused by a nervous condition

tic

noun twitch, jerk, spasm She developed a tic in her left eye.

tic

noun
A nervous shaking of the body:
Translations
تَشَنُّج عَضَلي
tik
trækning
arcrángás
vöîvakippur
tiks
tik

tic

[tɪk] N (Med) → tic m
a nervous ticun tic nervioso

tic

[ˈtɪk] ntic m

tic

n (Med) → Tick m, → nervöses Zucken

tic

[tɪk] n (Med) → tic m inv

tic

(tik) noun
a nervous, involuntary movement or twitch of a muscle, especially of the face. She has a nervous tic below her left eye.

tic

n tic m; — douloureux tic doloroso, neuralgia del trigémino
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