Saint Vitus's dance
noun see Saint Vitus' dance

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  • Saint Vitus's dance — Saint Saint (s[=a]nt), n. [F., fr. L. sanctus sacred, properly p. p. of sancire to render sacred by a religious act, to appoint as sacred; akin to sacer sacred. Cf. {Sacred}, {Sanctity}, {Sanctum}, {Sanctus}.] 1. A person sanctified; a holy or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

  • Saint Vitus's dance — /vuy teuh siz/. See St. Vitus s dance. Also, Saint Vitus dance. * * * …   Universalium

  • Saint Vitus's dance — Saint Vi′tus s (or Vi′tus ) dance′ [[t]ˈvaɪ tə sɪz[/t]] n. pat chorea 2) …   From formal English to slang

  • saint vitus's dance — Chorea …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • St. Vitus's dance — /vuy teuh siz/, Pathol. chorea (def. 2). Also, St. Vitus dance /vuy teuhs/, St. Vitus dance /vuy teuhs, teuh siz/, Saint Vitus s dance. [1955 60; named after St. Vitus (3rd century), patron saint of those afflicted with chorea] * * * …   Universalium

  • St. Vitus's dance — /vuy teuh siz/, Pathol. chorea (def. 2). Also, St. Vitus dance /vuy teuhs/, St. Vitus dance /vuy teuhs, teuh siz/, Saint Vitus s dance. [1955 60; named after St. Vitus (3rd century), patron saint of those afflicted with chorea] …   Useful english dictionary

  • St. Vitus's Dance —    Although Thomas Sydenham (1624 1689), a prominent English physician, conducted studies of a nervous disease causing spasmodic movements of the face or limbs, the better known name of Sydenham s chorea is St. Vitus s dance. St. Vitus s dance, a …   Dictionary of eponyms

  • St Vitus's dance — n. = Sydenham s chorea (see CHOREA). * * * St Vitus s dance noun A non technical name for ↑Sydenham s chorea • • • Main Entry: ↑saint * * * St Vitus s dance 7 [St Vitus s dance] [snt ˌvaɪtəsɪz ˈdɑːns] …   Useful english dictionary

  • St. Vitus's dance — St. Vi•tus s dance [[t]ˈvaɪ tə sɪz[/t]] also St. Vi•tus dance [[t]ˈvaɪ təs[/t]] St. Vi•tus dance [[t]ˈvaɪ təs, tə sɪz[/t]] n. pat chorea 2) • Etymology: 1620–30; after St. Vitus (3rd cent.), patron saint of those afflicted with chorea …   From formal English to slang

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