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early 15c., of uncertain origin; OED says "probably onomatopœic."
A painful cramp or muscle spasm, as in the back or neck. v. cricked, crick·ing, cricks
To cause a painful cramp or muscle spasm in by turning or wrenching.
Crick (krĭk), Francis Henry Compton. Born 1916.
British biologist who with James D. Watson proposed a spiral model, the double helix, for the molecular structure of DNA. He shared a 1962 Nobel Prize for advances in the study of genetics.
British biologist who with James D. Watson identified the structure of DNA in 1953. By analyzing the patterns cast by x-rays striking DNA molecules, they found that DNA has the structure of a double helix, consisting of two spirals linked together at the base, forming ladderlike rungs. For this work they shared the 1962 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine with Maurice Wilkins.