[ kuh-ree-uh, kaw-, koh- ]
/ kəˈri ə, kɔ-, koʊ- /

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.

Origin of chorea

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

Related forms

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

Can be confused

chorea Korea Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for choreic


/ (kɒˈrɪə) /


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

Derived Forms

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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Medicine definitions for choreic


[ kô-rēə, kə- ]


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

Related forms

cho•real null adj.
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