Tourette's syndrome

noun

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

Examples of Tourette's syndrome in a Sentence

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Word History

Etymology

Georges Gille de la Tourette †1904 French physician

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Tourette's syndrome was in 1970

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“Tourette's syndrome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Tourette%27s%20syndrome. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

Tourette's syndrome

noun
variants or Tourette 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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