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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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