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[kuh-ree-uh, kaw-, koh-] /kəˈri ə, kɔ-, koʊ-/

noun, Pathology.
any of several diseases of the nervous system characterized by jerky, involuntary movements, chiefly of the face and extremities.
Also called St. Vitus’s dance. such a disease occurring chiefly in children and associated with rheumatic fever.
Veterinary Pathology. a disease of the central nervous system caused by bacterial or organic degeneration, most common in dogs following canine distemper, characterized by irregular, jerky, involuntary muscular movements.
a disorder of the central nervous system characterized by uncontrollable irregular brief jerky movements See Huntington’s disease, Sydenham’s chorea

1806, from Modern Latin chorea Sancti Viti “St. Vitus dance” (originally a mass hysteria in 15c. Europe characterized by uncontrolled dancing); from Latin chorea “a dance,” from Greek khoreia “dance” (see chorus). Extension to the nerve disorder is from 1620s.

chorea cho·re·a (kô-rē’ə, kə-)
Irregular, spasmodic, involuntary movements of the limbs or facial muscles.
cho·re’al or cho·re’ic adj.


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    [chawr-muh n, -man, chohr-] /ˈtʃɔr mən, -ˌmæn, ˈtʃoʊr-/ noun, plural choremen [chawr-muh n, chawr-men, chohr-] /ˈtʃɔr mən, ˈtʃɔrˌmɛn, ˈtʃoʊr-/ (Show IPA) 1. a menial worker, as in a logging camp.

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