Saint Vitus' dance
noun Etymology: Saint Vitus, 3d century Christian child martyr Date: 1621 chorea — called also Saint Vitus's dance

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  • Saint Vitus' dance — [vī′təs] n. 〚after St. Vitus, 3d c. patron saint of persons having chorea〛 CHOREA: also St. Vitus s dance * * * …   Universalium

  • Saint Vitus' dance — [vī′təs] n. [after St. Vitus, 3d c. patron saint of persons having chorea] CHOREA: also St. Vitus s dance …   English World dictionary

  • Saint Vitus' dance — Saint Vitus s dance, named after Saint Vitus, may refer to:* Medieval dancing mania * Chorea (disease) or Sydenham s chorea, a movement disorder * The song St. Vitus Dance by the British metal band Black Sabbath on their album Black Sabbath, Vol… …   Wikipedia

  • Saint Vitus' dance — Saint Vi·tus dance also Saint Vitus s dance .vīt əs( əz) n CHOREA esp SYDENHAM S CHOREA Vitus Saint (d ca 300) Italian martyr. Saint Vitus is believed by some to have lived during the reign of the Roman emperor Diocletian. According to legend,… …   Medical dictionary

  • Saint Vitus dance — noun chorea occurring chiefly in children and associated with rheumatic fever • Syn: ↑Sydenham s chorea, ↑St. Vitus dance • Hypernyms: ↑chorea …   Useful english dictionary

  • Saint Vitus Dance — the pants …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • saint vitus dance — Australian Slang the pants …   English dialects glossary

  • Saint Vitus’ dance — chorea; involuntary muscular twitching …   Eponyms, nicknames, and geographical games

  • Saint Vitus' Dance — An affliction of the nervous system. Braun v Craven, 175 Ill 401, 51 NE 657 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • saint vitus's dance — ˈvīd.əs(ə̇z) , ˈvītəs(ə̇z) noun Usage: usually capitalized S&V Etymology: after St. Vitus, 3d century Christian child martyr who was invoked by sufferers from chorea : chorea * * * /vuy teuh siz/. See St. Vitus s dance. Also, Saint Vitus dance …   Useful english dictionary

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