Sydenham's chorea

/ (ˈsɪdənəmz) /


a form of chorea affecting children, often associated with rheumatic feverNontechnical name: Saint Vitus's dance

Word Origin for Sydenham's chorea

named after T. Sydenham (1624–89), English physician
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Medical definitions for sydenham's chorea

Sydenham's chorea
[ sĭdn-əmz ]


An acute toxic or infective disorder of the nervous system, usually associated with acute rheumatic fever, occurring in young persons and characterized by involuntary, irregular, jerky movement of the muscles of the face, neck, and limbs.Saint Vitus' dance
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