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Gilles de la Tourette syndrome


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(zheel dĕ la toor-et)

a condition characterized by multiple tics, both motor tics (e.g. eye rolling, arm movements) and vocal tics (e.g. grunts and, in a minority of patients, involuntary obscene speech), for at least one year. The condition usually starts in childhood and commonly improves with age. [G. Gilles de la Tourette (1857–1904), French neurologist]

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