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tic(tik), Do not confuse this word with tick.
See also: spasm.
tic(tik) [Fr.] an involuntary, compulsive, rapid, repetitive, stereotyped movement or vocalization, experienced as irresistible although it can be suppressed for some length of time.
Common tics Eye blinking, throat clearing
DiffDx Chorea, dystonia, myoclonus, autism and stereotypic movement disorder, compulsive movements of OCD and seizure activity
ticHabit spasm A complex of multiple abrupt, coordinated involuntary and/or compulsive spasms, including eye blinking, facial gestures, vocalizations, shoulder shrugging, etc which, when controlled, may be followed by more intense and frequent 'rebound' contractions; tics may be exacerbated by stress and ameliorated by psychotherapy. See Dystonic tic, Motor tic, Tourette syndrome, Transient tic disorder, Verbal tic, Vocal tic. Cf Jumping Frenchmen of Maine syndrome Medtalk A popular synonym for diverticulosis.
See also: spasm
Synonym(s): Brissaud disease, habit spasm.
Brissaud,Edouard, French physician, 1852-1909.
Patient discussion about tic
Q. Eczema tic itching leads making his skin reddish and abraded. My brothers eczema is very vulnerable to allergens. In spite of steps taken to eliminate this we have not succeeded much. His medicines do not help him. They cannot cure this immune disorder. They have started showing some side effects. His fight for eczema tic itching starts again once he stops his medicines. Eczema tic itching leads making his skin reddish and abraded. If any diet can help then please guide?