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see spasmspasm,
involuntary rigid muscle contraction, often persistent and often accompanied by pain. It usually has some underlying physical cause such as disease, strain, or injury to the muscle or nearby tissues, impairment of circulation, or a disturbance of body chemistry.
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an involuntary muscular contraction; a form of hyperkinesia. A tic may be related to the effect of encephalitis on parts of the brain; it may be a congenital pathological condition, frequently associated with a neuropathic personality; it may appear with attacks of trigeminal neuralgia (tic douloureux); or it may result from neuritis of the facial nerve. A distinction is made between generalized tics, involving all the muscles, and local tics, which are more common. The muscles usually affected are those of the face and neck. The twitching resembles such voluntary movements as winking, frowning, lip-smacking, or lip-licking. Tics generally disappear during sleep and become more severe under emotional stress. Treatment consists of the administration of sedatives, tranquilizers, and anticonvulsants.

tic

Pathol
spasmodic twitching of a particular group of muscles

TIC

(Token Ring Interface Card) Slang for a Token Ring NIC (network interface card). See token ring network.
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In fact, the only surviving element of his severe childhood facial tic was a telltale twitching of the nose that was always triggered by the need to refrain from speaking his mind so as not to wound another person.
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I ignored, in particular, the section on winking, because when I wink, my face screws up like I have a facial tic and my mouth turns into a sneer, resulting in less of a 'Come on' and more of a 'Come on love, the mental hospital has a late curfew on the weekend and I am allowed just one more drink'.
The resulting brain damage leaves him with a persistent facial tic and little memory of his past.
I was one facial tic away from a breakdown, so I switched off.
Patients who experience facial tics, twitching, numbness, weakness, pain or paralysis, should undergo a through exam to determine the cause.
[48] described the case of a 9-year-old boy presenting with ocular facial tics, agitation, and hyperactivity following multiple recurrent GABHS infections.
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In several media interviews, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) has demonstrated facial tics and long pauses as she searches for words.
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* Involuntary facial tics including eye blinks, nose twitches, and grimaces