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cho·re·a

 (kô-rē′ə, kō-, kə-)
n.
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.

chorea

(kɒˈrɪə)
n
(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

cho•re•a

(kəˈri ə, kɔ-, koʊ-)

n.
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.

chorea

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
Translations

chorea

n corea m&f; Huntington’s — corea de Huntington; [Note: the RAE lists corea as masculine, but it is commonly treated as feminine.]
References in periodicals archive ?
Chorea Gravidarum Secondary to Underlying Rheumatic Heart Disease
In consultation with neurology, the leading differential diagnoses include tardive dyskinesia, chorea gravidarum, and Huntington's disease.
An unusual case of chorea gravidarum. Postgrad Med J 2000; 76:374-5.