Definition of St. Vitus's dance in English:

St. Vitus's dance

Syllabification: St. Vi·tus's dance

noun

Old-fashioned term for Sydenham's chorea.
More example sentences
  • Rheumatic fever is often associated with St. Vitus's Dance. Seven out of ten victims are girls. They are usually "nervous," "high-strung" children to begin with. The disease usually burns itself out in two, three months.
  • The most manifest symptom of St. Vitus's dance is continued involuntary action of the voluntary muscles, to a greater or lesser degree - the extent of the muscles affected, and the intensity of their affection, varying with the severity of the disease.

Origin

so named because a visit to St. Vitus's shrine was believed to alleviate the disease.

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