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Tourette's syndrome Line breaks: Tou|rette's syn|drome
Pronunciation: /tʊˈrɛts/
(also Tourette syndrome)

Definition of Tourette's syndrome in English:


[mass noun]
A neurological disorder characterized by involuntary tics and vocalizations and often the compulsive utterance of obscenities.
Example sentences
  • There is an increased rate of OCD in people with Tourette's syndrome, an illness characterized by involuntary movements and vocalizations.
  • The Maladaptive index includes symptoms of Tourette's syndrome, Posttraumatic stress disorder, toileting problems, sexualized behavior, and pica.
  • If early-stage experiments pan out, Alzheimer's disease, obsessive-compulsive disorder, Tourette's syndrome, bulimia, and other brain ailments could be next.


Late 19th century: named after Gilles de la Tourette (1857–1904), French neurologist.

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