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Definition of Chorea

Chorea: Ceaseless rapid complex body movements that look well coordinated and purposeful but are, in fact, involuntary.

Chorea was thought suggestive of a grotesque dance. The term "chorea" is derived from the Greek word "choreia" for dancing (as is choreography).

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 8/28/2013

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