St. Vitus dance


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Related to St. Vitus dance: rheumatic fever, Huntington's chorea
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Noun1.St. Vitus dance - chorea occurring chiefly in children and associated with rheumatic fever
chorea - any of several degenerative nervous disorders characterized by spasmodic movements of the body and limbs
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As a boy Cowell suffered from what was then called St. Vitus dance, no doubt the origin of his unique piano playing style.
It's not every day you get to see Goodman work himself into a sputtering St. Vitus Dance of rage -- beware any offending cell phone in this character's midst -- that is both funny and frightful to behold.
This was an original idea, evidenced by his masterly descritions of the differentiation between gout and rheumatism, scarlet fever and measles, malaria and other fevers, and chorea and St. Vitus dance, as well as his descriptions of dysenter, pneumonia, mental diseases, tuberculosis, influenza, trigeminal neuralgia, croup, and syphilis.