Saint Vitus' dance

Saint Vi·​tus' dance | \ -ˈvī-təs- How to pronounce Saint Vitus' dance (audio) , -ˈvī-tə-səz- \
variants: or Saint Vitus's dance or St. Vitus' dance or St. Vitus's dance

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First Known Use of Saint Vitus' dance

1621, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Saint Vitus' dance

St. Vitus, 3rd century Christian child martyr

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The first known use of Saint Vitus' dance was in 1621

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“Saint Vitus' dance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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Saint Vitus' dance

Saint Vi·​tus' dance
variants: also Saint Vitus's dance \ -​ˌvīt-​əs(-​əz)-​ How to pronounce Saint Vitus's dance (audio) \

Medical Definition of Saint Vitus' dance

: chorea especially : sydenham's chorea

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