noun[mass noun] Medicine
A neurological disorder characterized by jerky involuntary movements affecting especially the shoulders, hips, and face. See also Huntington's disease, Sydenham's chorea.
- The hallmarks of rheumatic fever include arthritis, carditis, cutaneous disease, chorea, and subsequent acquired valvular disease.
- Other causes of apparent clumsiness include visual impairment, orthopedic disorders, mild cerebral palsy, hereditary ataxia, and congenital chorea.
- Mothers may also have livedo reticularis, arterial or venous thrombosis, or neurologic conditions such as migraine, epilepsy, chorea, or transient ischemic attacks.
Late 17th century: via Latin from Greek khoreia 'dancing in unison', from khoros 'chorus'.
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