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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Chorea \Cho*re"a\ n. [NL., fr. Gr. ? dance.] (Med.) St. Vitus's dance; a disease attended with convulsive twitchings and other involuntary movements of the muscles or limbs.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1806, from Modern Latin chorea Sancti Viti "St. Vitus dance" (originally a mass hysteria in 15c. Europe characterized by uncontrolled dancing); from Latin chorea "a dance," from Greek khoreia "dance" (see chorus). Extension to the nerve disorder is from 1620s.


n. 1 An (l en Ancient Greek) (l en circular) (l en dance) accompanied by a (l en chorus). 2 (context medicine English) Any of the various (l en diseases) of the (l en nervous system) characterized by (l en involuntary) (l en muscular) movements of the face and extremities; ['s_dance St. Vitus's dance].

  1. n. chorea in dogs [syn: canine chorea]

  2. any of several degenerative nervous disorders characterized by spasmodic movements of the body and limbs


Chorea (or choreia, occasionally) is an abnormal involuntary movement disorder, one of a group of neurological disorders called dyskinesias. The term chorea is derived from the Greek word χορεία (=dance; see choreia), as the quick movements of the feet or hands are comparable to dancing.

The term hemichorea refers to chorea of one side of the body, such as chorea of one arm but not both (analogous to hemiballismus).

Chorea (disambiguation)

Chorea or Choreia may refer to:

  • Choreia, ancient Greek dance
  • Chorea, medical disorder involving involuntary ("dancelike") movement

Usage examples of "chorea".

The Cades actually met when they were recovering from Henderson's Chorea — ah—or so their biographies in Who's Who say.

These probably were not true chorea epidemics, but had roots in abnormal psychology.

It is for this reason that Sydenham's chorea has the common name of "St.

There is also hereditary chorea, often referred to as Hunting-ton's chorea, from the American physician George Sumner Hun-tington, who described it in 1872.

Hun-tington's chorea does not appear until adult life (between 30 and 50).

The child was in hospital for weeks with Huntington's chorea, her mum took her home before she should have been discharged and although we've sent follow up letters, there's no trace.

The Cades actually met when they were recovering from Henderson's Chorea, ah, or so their biographies in Who's Who say.

And he was determined not to reproduce, since he felt that there was still a good chance that he could pass on Huntington's chorea.

Before, the epidemiology was that of vertical transmission, as in Huntington's Chorea.

It stopped, jittering back and forth in the air like a man with Huntington's chorea.