Tourette's syndrome

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Tou·​rette's syndrome | \ tu̇-ˈrets- How to pronounce Tourette's syndrome (audio) \
variants: or Tourette syndrome \ tu̇-​ˈret-​ How to pronounce Tourette's syndrome (audio) \

Definition of Tourette's syndrome

: a familial neurological disorder of variable expression that is characterized by recurrent involuntary tics involving body movements (such as eye blinks or grimaces) and vocalizations (such as grunts or utterance of inappropriate words), often has one or more associated conditions (such as obsessive-compulsive disorder), is more common in males than females, and usually has an onset in childhood and often stabilizes or ameliorates in adulthood

First Known Use of Tourette's syndrome

1970, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Tourette's syndrome

Georges Gille de la Tourette †1904 French physician

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“Tourette's syndrome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Tourette%27s%20syndrome. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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Tourette's syndrome

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How to pronounce Tourette's syndrome (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of Tourette's syndrome

medical : a disorder that causes someone to move and speak in an uncontrolled way

Tourette's syndrome

noun
variants: or Tourette syndrome

Medical Definition of Tourette's syndrome

: a familial neuropsychiatric disorder of variable expression that is characterized by multiple recurrent involuntary tics involving body movements (as eye blinks, grimaces, or knee bends) and vocalizations (as grunts, snorts, or utterance of inappropriate words), that often has one or more associated behavioral or psychiatric conditions (as attention deficit disorder or obsessive-compulsive behavior), that is more common in males than females, and that usually has an onset in childhood and often stabilizes or ameliorates in adulthood abbreviation TS

called also Gilles de la Tourette syndrome, Tourette's disease, Tourette's disorder

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