Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various disorders of the nervous system marked by involuntary, jerky movements, especially of the arms, legs, and face, and by incoordination.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An Ancient Greek circular dance accompanied by a chorus.
  • n. Any of the various diseases of the nervous system characterized by involuntary muscular movements of the face and extremities; St. Vitus's dance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. St. Vitus's dance; a disease attended with convulsive twitchings and other involuntary movements of the muscles or limbs.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A nervous disease, usually occurring before puberty, marked by irregular and involuntary motions of one or more limbs and of the face and trunk, which, however, cease in sleep. Its morbid anatomy is undetermined. Also called St. Vitus's dance.—
  • n. [capitalized] [NL.] In entomology, a genus of coleopterous insects.
  • n. Same as paralysis agitans.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of several degenerative nervous disorders characterized by spasmodic movements of the body and limbs
  • n. chorea in dogs

Etymologies

New Latin chorēa (Sānctī Vitī), (Saint Vitus') dance, from Latin chorēa, from Greek khoreia, choral dance, from khoros; see chorus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek χορεία. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Convulsive motions agitate his legs, so that though he wills it ever so much, he cannot by any power of his mind stop their motion, (as in that odd disease called chorea sancti viti), but he is perpetually dancing; he is not at liberty in this action, but under as much necessity of moving, as a stone that falls, or a tennis-ball struck with a racket.

    An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

  • Such movements are referred to as chorea (koh-ree'ah; "dance" G).

    The Human Brain

  • Their parents should know that they have chorea, which is the same trouble as St. Vitus's Dance, although often existing in a degree too mild to attract attention.

    Civics and Health

  • The great physician Sydenham gave the first accurate description of what is to-day called chorea, and hence the disease has been named ` ` Sydenham's chorea. ''

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

  • The great physician Sydenham gave the first accurate description of what is to-day called chorea, and hence the disease has been named "Sydenham's chorea."

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

  • "What disease is characterized by sudden jerky movements called chorea?"

    NYT > Home Page

  • HD is the most common genetic cause of involuntary writhing movements (called chorea), and is more common in people of Western European decent than in those from Asia or Africa.

    PhysOrg.com - latest science and technology news stories

  • HD affects muscle co-ordination, often causing involuntary writhing movements called chorea, and it leads to cognitive decline.

    BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition

  • A very high proportion of older children suffering from the graver neuroses, such as chorea, syncopal attacks, phobias, tics, and so forth, show defective physical development.

    The Nervous Child

  • He had been labeled with a number of interesting diagnoses, such as chorea, epilepsy, myotonia, hysteria, and neurasthenia.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

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  • These are the en-ed times.

    November 8, 2012

  • En-deed!

    November 7, 2012

  • So... en en en en, then?

    November 7, 2012

  • Chorea in dogs? I'm fond of wiktionary's "An en en en accompanied by a en."

    November 6, 2012

  • Thanks, WeirdNet.

    January 7, 2009