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chorea/cho·rea/ (ko-re´ah) [L.] the ceaseless occurrence of rapid, jerky, dyskinetic, involuntary movements.chore´ic
chorea(kô-rē′ə, kō-, kə-)
choreaNeurology A condition characterized by involuntary but seemingly well-coordinated, rapid, complex, spastic movements. See Sydenham's chorea.
See also: Huntington chorea, Sydenhamchorea
choreaAn involuntary, purposeless jerky movement, repeatedly affecting especially the face, shoulders and hips and caused by disease of the basal ganglia of the brain. Popularly called St. Vitus' dance. See HUNTINGTON'S CHOREA.
choreairregular, spasmodic, involuntary movements of limbs or facial muscles
Huntington's chorea; Huntington's disease see disease, Huntington's
Sydenham's chorea; St Vitus' dance acute neurological disorder of young people triggered by group A haemolytic streptococcus infection, causing formation of autoantibodies directed against the basal ganglia; characterized by involuntary, irregular, jerky movements (of facial, neck and limb muscles) which are increased by effort and disappear during sleep