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Huntington's chorea

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noun Pathology.
  1. 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.
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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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British Dictionary definitions for huntington's disease

Huntington's disease

  1. a rare hereditary type of chorea, marked by involuntary jerky movements, impaired speech, and increasing dementiaFormer name: Huntington's chorea
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Word Origin

C19: named after George Huntington (1850–1916), US neurologist
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Word Origin and History for huntington's disease

Huntington's chorea

also Huntington's disease, 1889, named for U.S. neurologist George Huntington (1851-1916), who described it in 1872.

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huntington's disease in Medicine

Huntington's disease

Huntington's chorea