Sydenham's chorea definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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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: After Thomas Sydenham (1624-1689), English physician.
sydenham's chorea - Medical Definition
An acute toxic or infective disorder of the nervous system, usually associated with acute rheumatic fever, occurring in young persons and characterized by involuntary, irregular, jerky movement of the muscles of the face, neck, and limbs. Also called Saint Vitus' dance.