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tic (tik) n. a repeated and largely involuntary movement varying in complexity from the twitch of a muscle to elaborate well-coordinated actions. Simple tics occur in about a quarter of children and usually disappear within a year. See also Gilles de la Tourette syndrome. t. douloureux see neuralgia.

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tic / tik/ • n. a habitual spasmodic contraction of the muscles, most often in the face. ∎  a characteristic or recurrent behavioral trait; idiosyncrasy: I began with the kind of generalization that was one of my primary tics as a writer.

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tic Sudden and rapidly repeated muscular contraction, limited to one part of the body, especially the face.

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tic: see spasm.

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ticartic, brick, chick, click, crick, dick, flick, hand-pick, hic, hick, kick, lick, mick, miskick, nick, pic, pick, prick, quick, rick, shtick, sic, sick, slick, snick, spic, stick, thick, tic, tick, trick, Vic, wick •alcaic, algebraic, Aramaic, archaic, choleraic, Cyrenaic, deltaic, formulaic, Hebraic, Judaic, Mishnaic, Mithraic, mosaic, Pharisaic, prosaic, Ptolemaic, Romaic, spondaic, stanzaic, trochaic •logorrhoeic (US logorrheic), mythopoeic, onomatopoeic •echoic, heroic, Mesozoic, Palaeozoic (US Paleozoic), Stoic •Bewick •disyllabic, monosyllabic, polysyllabic, syllabic •choriambic, dithyrambic, iambic •alembic •amoebic (US amebic) •aerobic, agoraphobic, claustrophobic, homophobic, hydrophobic, phobic, technophobic, xenophobic •cherubic, cubic, pubic •Arabic, Mozarabic •acerbic • apparatchik • dabchick •peachick

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TIC (or tic) Law taken into consideration (of an offence)
• total inorganic carbon (in chemical analysis)
• tourist information centre

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