tic

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tic

noun \ˈtik\

: a small repeated movement of a muscle especially in the face that cannot be controlled

: a word or phrase that someone frequently says or an action that someone frequently does without intending to

Full Definition of TIC

1
:  local and habitual spasmodic motion of particular muscles especially of the face :  twitching
2
:  a frequent usually unconscious quirk of behavior or speech <“you know” is a verbal tic>

Examples of TIC

  1. The verbal tic you know often occurs in her speech.
  2. <constantly playing with her hair is one of her more annoying tics>

Origin of TIC

French
First Known Use: circa 1834

Other Psychology Terms

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tic

noun \ˈtik\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of TIC

1
: local and habitual spasmodic motion of particular muscles especially of the face : twitching
2
: a habitual usually unconscious quirk of behavior or speech

tic

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Sudden rapid, recurring muscle contraction—usually a blink, sniff, twitch, or shrug—always brief, irresistible, and localized. Frequency decreases from head to foot. Unlike a spasm, a cramp, or the movements of chorea or epilepsy, it does not interfere with other movement and can be held off for a time. It can become ingrained as a habit of which the person (most often a nervous child 5–12 years old) is unaware. Most tics are probably psychological, but similar movements occur in some physical disorders (e.g., late-stage encephalitis). People with tics have some control over the movement but feel impelled to go through with it to feel better. Tension increases the movement's likelihood, and distraction reduces it. Psychotherapy, relaxation training, and biofeedback training have had some success in treating tics.

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