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St. Vitus's dance

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

[vahy-tuh-siz]
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noun Pathology.
  1. chorea(def 2).
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Origin of St. Vitus's dance

First recorded in 1955–60; named after St. Vitus (3rd century), patron saint of those afflicted with chorea

Saint Vitus's dance

or Saint Vi·tus' dance

[vahy-tuh-siz]
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  1. St. Vitus's dance.
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British Dictionary definitions for st. vitus's dance

Saint Vitus's dance

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

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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