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A disorder characterized by an uncontrollable urge to dance, especially prevalent in southern Italy from the 15th to the 17th century and popularly attributed to the bite of a tarantula.
[New Latin tarantismus, after Taranto.]
(Pathology) a nervous disorder marked by uncontrollable bodily movement, widespread in S Italy during the 15th to 17th centuries: popularly thought to be caused by the bite of a tarantula
[C17: from New Latin tarantismus, from Taranto; see tarantula]
tar•ant•ism(ˈtær ənˌtɪz əm)
a mania characterized by an uncontrollable impulse to dance, prevalent esp. in S Italy, from the 15th to the 17th century. Compare tarantula (def. 2).
a variety of dancing mania, popularly thought to be caused by the bite of a tarantula and to be cured by dancing.See also: Disease and Illness
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|Noun||1.||tarantism - a nervous disorder characterized by an uncontrollable impulse to dance; popularly attributed to bite of the southern European tarantula or wolf spider|
chorea - any of several degenerative nervous disorders characterized by spasmodic movements of the body and limbs