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 (kô-rē′ə, kō-, kə-)
Any of various disorders of the nervous system marked by involuntary, jerky movements, especially of the arms, legs, and face, and by incoordination.

[New Latin chorēa (Sānctī Vitī), (Saint Vitus') dance, from Latin chorēa, from Greek khoreia, choral dance, from khoros; see chorus.]

cho·re′ic (-ĭk) adj.


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


(kəˈri ə, kɔ-, koʊ-)

1. any of several diseases of the nervous system characterized by jerky, involuntary movements, esp. of the face and extremities.
2. Also called St. Vitus's dance. such a disease occurring chiefly in children and associated with rheumatic fever.
[1680–90; < Medieval Latin chorēa (sanctī Vitī) (St. Vitus's) dance, Latin: round dance < Greek choreía dance =chor(ós) dance, chorus + -eia n. suffix]
cho•re′al, cho•re′ic, cho•re•at•ic (ˌkɔr iˈæt ɪk, ˌkoʊr-) adj.


a disease of the nervous system characterized by jerky, involuntary movement; St. Vitus’s Dance.
See also: Disease and Illness
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chorea - chorea in dogs
animal disease - a disease that typically does not affect human beings
2.chorea - any of several degenerative nervous disorders characterized by spasmodic movements of the body and limbs
degenerative disorder - condition leading to progressive loss of function
nervous disorder, neurological disease, neurological disorder - a disorder of the nervous system
orthochorea - a form of chorea in which spasms occur mainly when the patient is erect
Saint Vitus dance, St. Vitus dance, Sydenham's chorea - chorea occurring chiefly in children and associated with rheumatic fever
tarantism - a nervous disorder characterized by an uncontrollable impulse to dance; popularly attributed to bite of the southern European tarantula or wolf spider
Huntington's chorea, Huntington's disease - hereditary disease; develops in adulthood and ends in dementia


n corea m&f; Huntington’s — corea de Huntington; [Note: the RAE lists corea as masculine, but it is commonly treated as feminine.]
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Sicard's comments about how the gentiles invented circular dances (choreas) to honor the gods, adapted from a remark of Honorius that the word chorus derived from chorea or dance, were not without foundation.
Statutes of the Faculty of Arts in 1252 (repeated in 1280) instruct that at the death of a student, a fellow student should be present with his nation (if it is a feast day, or otherwise if he has been summoned), but he is not to allow choreas to be held outside his house (college), and that he should read the Psalter when a regent master died.
Some insisted that it was but a manifestation of hysteria; others suggested that multiple tics and cursing (coprolalia) were a subset of movement disorders known as choreas and which were caused by a prior attack of rheumatic fever.
The primary involuntary movement abnormality, and often the earliest symptom, is chorea or choreoathetosis, continuous and irregular writhing and jerking movements.
a CNS specialty pharmaceutical company, announced today that lead investigators from the Huntington Study Group will present results from a pivotal Phase III trial of tetrabenazine for the treatment of chorea associated with Huntington's Disease (HD) during a satellite symposium held in conjunction with the American Neurological Association 129th annual meeting in Toronto, Ontario, October 2-6.