- 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 chorea
Sometimes he was seized by a fit of chorea, followed by deep sleep.Criminal Man
This was one of the most severe and obstinate cases of chorea that I have ever met with.The Electric Bath
George M. Schweig
Internally, it has been occasionally given in hooping-cough, chorea, and a few other nervous diseases.
Every one who had seen her considered the condition as chorea.
In the opinion of many, Bergeron's chorea is secondary to gastric disturbance.
Word Origin and History for chorea
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.