Definition of chorea in English:

chorea

Pronunciation /kəˈrēə/ /kəˈriə/

noun

Medicine
  • A neurological disorder characterized by jerky involuntary movements affecting especially the shoulders, hips, and face.

    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

chorea

/kəˈrēə/ /kəˈriə/