- 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
Word Origin for chorea
Word Origin and History for choreoid
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.
- Resembling chorea.
- Irregular, spasmodic, involuntary movements of the limbs or facial muscles.