Tourette Syndrome is an inherited, neurological disorder characterized by repeated and involuntary body movements (tics) and uncontrollable vocal sounds. In a minority of cases, the vocalizations can include socially inappropriate words and phrases -- called coprolalia. These outbursts are neither intentional nor purposeful. Involuntary symptoms can include eye blinking, repeated throat clearing or sniffing, arm thrusting, kicking movements, shoulder shrugging or jumping.
These and other symptoms typically appear before the age of 18 and the condition occurs in all ethnic groups with males affected 3 to 4 times more often than females. Although the symptoms of TS vary from person to person and range from very mild to severe, the majority of cases fall into the mild category. Associated conditions can include attentional problems, impulsiveness and learning disabilities.
Also called Tourette's Syndrome or simply TS.
Tourette's is an inherited neurological disorder with onset in childhood, characterised by the presence of multiple physical tics and at least one vocal tic.
Tics are movements or sounds "that occur intermittently and unpredictably out of a background of normal motor activity",(TS Classification Study Group, 1993) having the appearance of "normal behaviors gone wrong." (DeWolfe, 2006)
The word Tourette's can also be used as a prefix to describe an item bought in a shop where one has been served by an individual with Tourette's. This person having had particularly a verbal tic whilst serving you.
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Johnny walks around in town pretending to have Tourette's. It's funny to see people's reactions when some random man screams obscenities for no apparent reason. He makes us all laugh.
Are we wearing heels tonight and getting a taxi into town instead of walking? 'Cause I was thinking of wearing my Tourette's shoes.
He also compulsively cleared his throat 50 - 100 times a day.
"AHEM - listen to me: I'm going to say something very important again..."