[ kuh-ree-uh, kaw-, koh- ]
/ kəˈri ə, kɔ-, koʊ- /
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.
Related formscho·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
Can be confusedchorea Korea
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British Dictionary definitions for choreatic
/ (kɒˈrɪə) /
Derived Formschoreal 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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Medicine definitions for choreatic
[ kô-rē′ə, kə- ]
Irregular, spasmodic, involuntary movements of the limbs or facial muscles.
Related formscho•re′al null adj.
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