tic: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (tik), [key]
— n.
    1. a sudden, spasmodic, painless, involuntary muscular contraction, as of the face.
    2. Seetic douloureux.
  1. a persistent or recurrent behavioral trait; personal quirk: her distinctive verbal tics.


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a suffix, equivalent in meaning tooccurring in adjectives of Greek origin (analytic), used esp. in the formation of adjectives from nouns with stems in -sis: hematotic; neurotic.
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