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1. progressively fatal spasmodic disorder, possibly of malarial origin, occurring chiefly in Italy;
2. a severe form of Sydenham chorea, in which the spasms are rapid and of a specially jerky character.
Sudden, rhythmic, involuntary contractions, in rapid succession, of a group or groups of muscles, starting at an extremity or half of the face, and covering a large part or all of the body. This causes violent movements as if the patient had been stimulated by an electric current. It is usually fatal. Synonym: Bergeron chorea; Dubini disease; spasmus Dubini
See also: chorea