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chorea

[ kuh-ree-uh, kaw-, koh- ]
/ kəˈri ə, kɔ-, koʊ- /
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noun Pathology.
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.
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Origin of chorea

1680–90; <Greek choreía a dance, equivalent to chor(ós) chorus + -eia-y3

OTHER WORDS FROM chorea

cho·re·al, cho·re·ic, cho·re·at·ic [kawr-ee-at-ik, kohr-], /ˌkɔr iˈæt ɪk, ˌkoʊr-/, adjectivecho·re·oid [kawr-ee-oid, kohr-], /ˈkɔr iˌɔɪd, ˈkoʊr-/, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH chorea

chorea , Korea
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British Dictionary definitions for chorea

chorea
/ (kɒˈrɪə) /

noun
a disorder of the central nervous system characterized by uncontrollable irregular brief jerky movementsSee Huntington's disease, Sydenham's chorea

Derived forms of chorea

choreal or choreic, adjective

Word Origin for chorea

C19: from New Latin, from Latin: dance, from Greek khoreia, from khoros dance; see chorus
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Medical definitions for chorea

chorea
[ kô-rēə, kə- ]

n.
Irregular, spasmodic, involuntary movements of the limbs or facial muscles.

Other words from chorea

cho•real null adj.
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