Definition of Tourette's syndrome in English:

Tourette's syndrome

(also Tourette syndrome)


  • [mass noun] A neurological disorder characterized by involuntary tics and vocalizations and often the compulsive utterance of obscenities.

    • ‘The author notes that obsessive-compulsive disorder is not the only psychiatric disorder that overlaps with Tourette's syndrome.’
    • ‘The neurological disorder known as Tourette's syndrome, which you might have thought of as an adult's disease, can strike when kids are just toddlers.’
    • ‘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.


Tourette's syndrome