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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.
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(Pathology) spasmodic twitching of a particular group of muscles
[C19: from French, of uncertain origin; compare Italian ticche]
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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.)]
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]
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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.
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tic[ˈtɪk] n → tic m
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tic[tɪk] n (Med) → tic m inv
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a nervous, involuntary movement or twitch of a muscle, especially of the face. She has a nervous tic below her left eye. spiertrekking, gewoontetjie تَشَنُّج عَضَلي тик tique tik nervöses Muskelzucken trækning νευρική κίνηση, τικtic tõmblus تیک elohiiri ticעווית पेशी संचुकन, पेशी grčevito trzanje, trzanje mišića arcrángás denyutan vöðvakippur tic 顔面けいれん (얼굴 등의) 경련 tikas tiks gerenyet zenuwtrekjenervøs trekning, leamus tik tique tic (nervos) тик tik tik tik tic, nervös ryckning ตะคริวที่ใบหน้า tik 痙攣，抽搐，局部的抽筋 тик عضلات کا سکڑنا tật máy giật (thi thoảng cơ mặt lại bị giật) 痉挛，抽搐，局部的抽筋
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ticn tic m; — douloureux tic doloroso, neuralgia del trigémino
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