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chorea

play
noun cho·rea \kə-ˈrē-ə\

Definition of chorea

  1. :  any of various nervous disorders (as of humans or dogs) marked by spasmodic movements of limbs and facial muscles and by incoordination — compare Huntington's disease

choreic play \-ˈrē-ik\ adjective


Origin of chorea

New Latin, from Latin, dance, from Greek choreia, from choros chorus


First Known Use: 1804


Medical Dictionary

chorea

play
noun cho·rea \kə-ˈrē-ə\

Medical Definition of chorea

  1. :  a movement disorder marked by involuntary spasmodic movements especially of the limbs and facial muscles and typically symptomatic of neurological dysfunction (as that associated with a neurodegenerative disease or metabolic disturbance)—see huntington's disease, sydenham's chorea

choreatic \ˌkōr-ē-ˈat-ik, ˌkȯr-\play adjective
choreic \kə-ˈrē-ik\play adjective



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