st. vitus dance

Saint Vitus's dance

[vahy-tuh-siz]
Also, Saint Vitus' dance.
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St. Vitus's dance

[vahy-tuh-siz]
noun Pathology.
chorea ( def 2 ).
Also, St. Vitus dance [vahy-tuhs] , St. Vitus' dance [vahy-tuhs, -tuh-siz] , Saint Vitus's dance.


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

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Saint Vitus's dance (ˈvaɪtəsɪz)
 
n
pathol a nontechnical name for Sydenham's chorea
 
[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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