Saint Vitus's dance

or Saint Vi·tus' dance


St. Vitus's dance

or St. Vi·tus dance St. Vi·tus' dance Saint Vi·tus's dance

noun Pathology.
  1. chorea(def 2).

Origin of St. Vitus's dance

First recorded in 1955–60; named after St. Vitus (3rd century), patron saint of those afflicted with chorea Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for saint vitus' dance

Saint Vitus's dance

noun usually abbreviated to: St Vitus's dance
  1. pathol a nontechnical name for Sydenham's chorea

Word Origin for Saint Vitus's dance

C17: so called because sufferers traditionally prayed to Saint Vitus (3rd-century child martyr) for relief and were said to be cured by a visit to his shrine
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saint vitus' dance in Medicine

Saint Vitus' dance

  1. Sydenham's chorea
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