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Saint Vitus's dance

or Saint Vitus' dance

[vahy-tuh-siz] /ˈvaɪ tə sɪz/

St. Vitus's dance

or St. Vitus dance, St. Vitus' dance, Saint Vitus's dance

[vahy-tuh-siz] /ˈvaɪ tə sɪz/
noun, Pathology
chorea (def 2).
Origin of St. Vitus's dance
1955-60; named after St. Vitus (3rd century), patron saint of those afflicted with chorea Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for Saint Vitus's dance

Saint Vitus's dance

(pathol) a nontechnical name for Sydenham's chorea
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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