- any of several diseases of the nervous system characterized by jerky, involuntary movements, chiefly of the face and extremities.
- Also called St. Vitus's dance. such a disease occurring chiefly in children and associated with rheumatic fever.
- Veterinary Pathology. a disease of the central nervous system caused by bacterial or organic degeneration, most common in dogs following canine distemper, characterized by irregular, jerky, involuntary muscular movements.
Origin of chorea
Examples from the Web for choreic
Choreic symptoms have been produced by injecting granules of starch into the arteries entering the brain.Special Report on Diseases of the Horse
United States Department of Agriculture
Choreic patients are very irregular in their walk, as in all other movements.
The choreic shocks were found to be arrested by section of the sciatic nerve.Poisons: Their Effects and Detection
Alexander Wynter Blyth
If they are superfluous and out of place, the absence of exaggeration or absurdity negatives their classification as choreic.
Unilateral implication of the pterygoids has been noted by Leube in a young girl who was also an hysteric and a choreic.
Word Origin and History for choreic
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.
- Irregular, spasmodic, involuntary movements of the limbs or facial muscles.