Definition of chorea
: a movement disorder marked by involuntary spasmodic movements especially of the limbs and facial muscles and typically symptomatic of neurological dysfunction (such as that associated with a neurodegenerative disease or metabolic disturbance) — see Huntington's disease
choreicplay \-ˈrē-ik\ adjective
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San Diego’s Auspex Pharmaceuticals developed a drug to manage Huntington’s chorea, the uncontrollable movements associated with the disease.
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Origin and Etymology of chorea
New Latin, from Latin, dance, from Greek choreia, from choros chorus
First Known Use: 1804See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of chorea
choreatic\ˌkōr-ē-ˈat-ik, ˌkȯr-\play adjective
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