- a hereditary disease of the central nervous system characterized by brain deterioration and loss of control over voluntary movements, the symptoms usually appearing in the fourth decade of life.
Origin of Huntington's chorea
named after George S. Huntington (1850–1916), U.S. physician, who described it in 1872
Also called Huntington's disease.
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- a rare hereditary type of chorea, marked by involuntary jerky movements, impaired speech, and increasing dementiaFormer name: Huntington's chorea
C19: named after George Huntington (1850–1916), US neurologist
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Word Origin and History for huntington's disease
also Huntington's disease, 1889, named for U.S. neurologist George Huntington (1851-1916), who described it in 1872.
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