Definition of Tarantism

1. Noun. A nervous disorder characterized by an uncontrollable impulse to dance; popularly attributed to bite of the southern European tarantula or wolf spider.

Generic synonyms: Chorea



Definition of Tarantism

1. n. A nervous affection producing melancholy, stupor, and an uncontrollable desire to dance. It was supposed to be produced by the bite of the tarantula, and considered to be incapable of cure except by protracted dancing to appropriate music.

Definition of Tarantism

1. Noun. (obsolete medicine) An extreme urge to dance, popularly thought to have been caused by the bite of a tarantula and prevalent in southern Italy in the 15th through 17th centuries. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Tarantism

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Medical Definition of Tarantism

1. A nervous affection producing melancholy, stupor, and an uncontrollable desire to dance. It was supposed to be produced by the bite of the tarantula, and considered to be incapable of cure except by protraced dancing to appropriate music. Alternative forms: tarentism. Origin: It. Tarantismo: cf. F. Tarentisme. See Tarantula. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Tarantism

taramellite
taramite
taramosalata
taranabant
taranakite
tarand
tarands
taranis
tarantas
tarantases
tarantella
tarantellas
tarantelle
tarantism (current term)
tarantisms
tarantist
tarantists
tarantula
tarantulae
tarantulas
tarantulated
tarapacaite
taras
tarasque
tarasques
taratantara
taraxacin
taraxacum

Literary usage of Tarantism

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Edinburgh Medical Journal (1874)
"... observations upon Pellagra (131 deaths are recorded from this disease in 1872 in the city of Milan); remarks upon tarantism (chorea major Germanorum); ..."

2. The Diagnosis of diseases of the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and their by John Russell Reynolds (1855)
"The essential features of tarantism, dancing mania, &c., are the grotesque spasms of co-ordinated character, occurring in connexion with perverted ideation ..."

3. Health and disease, as influenced by the daily, seasonal, and other cyclical by Edward Smith (1861)
"These dancing manias were called St. John's Dance, St. Vitus' Dance, and tarantism. 766. St. John's Dance was probably in some measure excited by the ..."

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