Meaning of chorea in English:



mass nounMedicine
  • A neurological disorder characterized by spasmodic involuntary movements of the limbs or facial muscles.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘The other well-known consequences of rheumatic fever are cardiac valve lesions and a movement disorder called chorea.’
    • ‘Signs of the illness include involuntary movements called chorea, as well as motor and cognitive difficulties.’



/kɔːˈrɪə/ /kɒˈrɪə/ /kəˈrɪə/


Late 17th century via Latin from Greek khoreia ‘dancing in unison’, from khoros ‘chorus’.