A nervous disorder occurring chiefly in childhood or during pregnancy, closely associated with rheumatic fever, and characterized by rapid, jerky, involuntary movements of the body. Also called Saint Vitus' dance.
Origin of Sydenham's choreaAfter Thomas Sydenham.
- (neurology) A disease characterized by rapid, uncoordinated jerking movements affecting primarily the face, feet and hands.
Named after Thomas Sydenham, an English physician.