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[kuh-ree-uh, kaw-, koh-]
noun Pathology.
any of several diseases of the nervous system characterized by jerky, involuntary movements, chiefly of the face and extremities.
Also called St. Vitus's dance. such a disease occurring chiefly in children and associated with rheumatic fever.
Veterinary Pathology. a disease of the central nervous system caused by bacterial or organic degeneration, most common in dogs following canine distemper, characterized by irregular, jerky, involuntary muscular movements.

1680–90; < Greek choreía a dance, equivalent to chor(ós) chorus + -eia -y3

choreal, choreic, choreatic [kawr-ee-at-ik, kohr-] , adjective
choreoid [kawr-ee-oid, kohr-] , adjective

chorea, Korea. Unabridged
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chorea (kɒˈrɪə)
Huntington's disease See Sydenham's chorea a disorder of the central nervous system characterized by uncontrollable irregular brief jerky movements
[C19: from New Latin, from Latin: dance, from Greek khoreia, from khoros dance; see chorus]

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Word Origin & History

1806, from Mod.L. chorea Sancti Viti "St. Vitus dance" (originally a mass hysteria in 15c. Europe characterized by uncontrolled dancing; extension to the nerve disorder is from 1621), from L. chorea, from Gk. khoreia "dance."
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chorea cho·re·a (kô-rē'ə, kə-)
Irregular, spasmodic, involuntary movements of the limbs or facial muscles.

cho·re'al or cho·re'ic adj.
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