Saint Vitus's dance

or Saint Vi·tus' dance

[ vahy-tuh-siz ]
/ ˈvaɪ tə sɪz /


Definition for saint vitus's dance (2 of 2)

St. Vitus's dance

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

[ vahy-tuh-siz ]
/ ˈvaɪ tə sɪz /

noun Pathology.

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. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for saint vitus's dance

Saint Vitus's dance
/ (ˈvaɪtəsɪz) /

noun usually abbreviated to: St Vitus's dance

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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